Capturing Methodological Trends in Mobile Communication Studies
Taipale, S., & Leopoldina, F. (2014). Capturing Methodological Trends in Mobile Communication Studies. Information, Communication and Society, 17 (5), 627-642. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2013.862562 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1369118X.2013.862562
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This study investigates methodological trends in mobile communication studies. The articles published over the past 20 years in five journals (Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, and Information, Communication & Society) are analysed. The results show that the quantitative and qualitative studies have increased while theoretical accounts have remained few. The quantitative approach is the most applied. The studied articles reflect a structural problem of science communication that stems from the lack of cumulativity of scientific results and cross-national analyses and from the standard length of articles that poses limitations for scientific communication.