Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft (M&K)


The open access journal M&K – Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft is edited and published on behalf of the Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) since 1953.

It provides a forum for discussion of media and communications related issues as well as for analyses of current media developments from various perspectives that are directed to all kinds of media. The journal reflects the latest trends in research and public discussion of media.

M&K primarily addresses scholars, journalists, media organisations, and all those interested in the media in politics, business, associations, media and educational organisations.

M&K runs to approximately 600 pages p.a. and contains articles, reports, contributions to discussions, reviews on literature, a survey of new literature and an overview of new journal publications, as well as of doctoral theses that have been written in the field of media and communication science.

Online access to the full texts of all issues since 2000 is available via the Nomos eLibrary.

Authors wishing to publish in M&K are not required to pay article processing or submission charges. All submissions undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Pricing information for a print subscription can be found here.

ISSN Print 1615-634X
ISSN Online 2942-3317
Published quarterly


Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Telefon: +49 40 / 45 02 17 – 0

Advisory Board

Editorship | Editorial Staff

Editorial address:
Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Telefon: +49 40 / 45 02 17-41

Manuscripts are welcome any time.



Special Editions

Open Access Policy

Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft M&K is an open access journal. All articles in M&K are published under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
  • for any purpose, even commercially.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Authors of articles in M&K are not charged any fees (i.e. no article processing charges or submission charges).

More about attribution CC BY 4.0 International under and about the general Open Access policy of Nomos Verlag can be found here.

Authors publishing in this journal retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions.

Notes for Authors

Quality and Ethical Publishing Guidelines

Peer Review Process

The review procedure of the open access journal M&K – Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft [Media and Communication Studies] corresponds to the peer review which is well-established in scientific practice. Submitted manuscripts are anonymised by the editor upon receipt. The author is neither known to those participating in the review process nor to the editorial staff. Upon receipt of a new manuscript, the members of the advisory team (the expert groups DGPuK – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft [German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies], the SGKM – Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft [Swiss Society for Communication and Media Studies], and the ÖGK – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kommunikationswissenschaft [Austrian Society for Communication Studies] will delegate one person each to the team) will be informed of the title and abstract of the anonymised offer and invited to suggest reviewers; they are also allowed to suggest themselves.

On the basis of these and other suggestions, the editorial team decides to whom the manuscript will be forwarded and which external reviewers will be requested. The central selection criterion is the respective candidates’ professional reputation and scientific expertise on the subject matter. These are usually postdocs and professors; however, we occasionally ask doctoral candidates conducting intensive research on a subject to provide their expert knowledge. The final selection is made by the editor; being informed of the identity of the author, only he or she can assess whether the relationship between author and reviewer is too close. Other considerations factor as well, such as the wish to distribute the work amongst as many people as possible and, on the other hand, enabling as many community members as possible to take part in the selection process.

Usually, two external reviews are requested. In addition, one or two members of the editorial staff will review the manuscript. Thus, there will be at least three votes on a manuscript available. On this basis, the editorial staff, as a team, decides on whether to accept the manuscript or whether it requires revision or resubmission. This decision is summarised in an editorial decision and communicated to the authors in addition to the reports that form the basis of the decision. The decision is also communicated to the external reviewers and to those who took part in the final vote at the end of the review process. The editorial staff aims to conclude the review process within eight weeks of receipt of the manuscript. Should this not be possible, the authors will be informed.

All submitting parties are required to affirm that they are offering an original manuscript that has not been otherwise published or submitted for publication. If any suspicion should arise, the reviewers will personally make inquiries or request that the editor do so.

Since the reports are required to contain detailed criticisms, cases in which the rules of good scientific practice have been violated are easily identifiable. In such cases, the editor will contact the reviewer and request an examination of whether the criticism can be substantiated or phrased in a more appropriate manner. If necessary, unlawful remarks will be deleted before the editor forwards the (anonymised) report.

A statement on the general editorial policy and publication ethics of Nomos Publishing is available at

Abstracting & Indexing

Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft is included in Scopus since 2019:

  • CiteScore 2022: 1,1 (2021: 0,5 2020: 0,1)
  • SNIP 2021: 0,182 (2020: 0,269)
  • SJR 2022: 0,541

In the 2023 Google Scholar ranking, Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft is placed 41st among the top 100 German academic publications.

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