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Scientific production on corporate communication: a systematic study in Scopus with COVID-19 as a determining factor

Tatiana Hidalgo-Marí (University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Jesús Segarra-Saavedra (University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Javier Herrero-Gutiérrez (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 15 August 2022

Issue publication date: 7 March 2023




Searching, identifying and analysing the scientific literature on “corporate communication” published in scientific journals during the twenty-first century (2000–2021) and indexed in the Scopus database, as well as its possible relationship with COVID-19.


A systematic bibliographic search was carried out in Scopus and a subsequent analysis of the literature, based on variables such as year of publication, authorship, original language of the text, most used terms and concepts, journal titles, keywords and possible allusions to COVID-19 or the pandemic.


2023 results were initially identified, but after applying the filters that limited the results in time (2000–2021) and discriminated—according to the type of document—the results only to scientific articles, the sample finally analysed was 1,280 articles relating to “corporate communication”. It was found that these were mainly published in journals such as Corporate Communications and Journal of Communication Management, in English, and with an accentuated thematic dispersion, but mostly related to public relations, advertising and communication in general.


There is an article published in 2012, before the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Italian journal Igiene e sanità publica, which already established the relevance of researching the challenges and solutions to communication risks in health crisis situations.



This paper has been translated by Lucía Otaola.

This article has been produced with the support of the Research Network “Análisis comparativo de las guías docentes de las asignaturas de Gestión de la Información en los estudios universitarios del Área de Ciencias de la Información en España. De la búsqueda bibliográfica a la búsqueda de oportunidades de mejora” (5243). University of Alicante, 2021.


Hidalgo-Marí, T., Segarra-Saavedra, J. and Herrero-Gutiérrez, J. (2023), "Scientific production on corporate communication: a systematic study in Scopus with COVID-19 as a determining factor", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 180-192.



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