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Article citation: Wim J.L. Elving, (2008) "Editorial", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 13 Iss: 2, pp. -
By the time this issue of Corporate Communications: An International Journal is published, we will have adopted an online manuscript system. It is good to be moving with the times. The system will probably have some teething problems so please bear with us, but overall it's great to have an online manuscript submission system. This will mean that authors will need to create an account within the system to submit papers, and will become active as a reviewer. We are still in need of reviewers (never enough), so if you enjoy reading the journal, why not become a reviewer yourself and get involved?
CCIJ is progressing in many ways. First of all the number of page views and paper downloads from the archives are ever increasing. There was an increase in usage of the journal by almost 20 per cent in comparison with 2006, leading to a total of 143,000 users worldwide. The journal truly is international: besides high volumes of users in the UK, Western Europe and North America, the journal is read in Australasia, the Far East, Eastern Europe and Africa.
The most popular paper in 2007 was Olof Holm's paper (11.1) on integrated communication, which was downloaded more than 7,500 times. The second most popular paper was Frankenthal's paper on CSR and PR (6.1), which was downloaded almost 4,000 times and the third in popularity was Fan's paper on ethical branding corporate reputation (10.4). The interests of our readers are diverse, but corporate social responsibility, integrated communication and communication during organizational change are favourite subjects according to our readers. That is one of the reasons that we are in the process of several special issues, the next issue (13.3) will be on organizational change, The first issue of the 2009 volume will be on integrated communication, and we still have a call for papers on international communication strategies of technology or knowledge companies, which has a deadline for papers of 1 October 2008 (see details at the end of this issue). Besides, these, we will have our annual special issue from the CCI Conference, which will be held in Wroxton (UK), on 6-9 June.
The Associate Editors of CCIJ have chosen the best paper awards for papers published in the 2007 volume. They chose the paper, “Direct and indirect effects of supervisor communication on organizational commitment” by Mark van Vuuren, Menno de Jong and Erwin Seydel from the Twente University, The Netherlands, as the best paper of the 2007 volume, with the paper, “Communication capital: modelling corporate communications as an organizational asset” by Nando Malmelin of the Turku School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, as second best paper. There was a joint third place for both, “Relationship outcomes as determinants of reputation” by Peggy Simcic Brønn of the Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, and, “Managing vision and the brand within creative industries” by Shaun Powell and Chris Dodd of the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.
CCIJ is proud to present a change of agreement with the newly-named Corporate Communication International at Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY). The journal is now published in association with the CCI. CCIJ was already endorsed by the Corporate Communication Institute, leading to a special issue each year based on the CCI conference. This renewed agreement with the CCI will hopefully lead to an increase in the quality of the journal. We would like to thank Michael Goodman and Christine Genest for their involvement in the journal and look forward to even better cooperation in the future.
There has been a change at Emerald as well. James Rand, Assistant Publisher, left Emerald and Mary Miskin is replacing him. We would like to thank James for his efforts and commitment to CCIJ, and welcome Mary to the CCIJ community.
Finally, Emerald and Corporate Communications: An International Journal gratefully thank the following persons for acting as ad hoc reviewers, and for their invaluable contributions and assistance to our publication and the corporate communication community during 2007:
Wim J.L. Elving