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Revista Latina de Comunicación Social # 071 – Pages 1.365 to 1.384 [Research] [ Funded ] | DOI: 10.4185/RLCS-2016-1150en | ISSN 1138-5820 | Year 2016 treatments, representations and news coverage based on samples of the daily press, which is easily accessible to researchers. Also relevant for this discussion is the confirmation of the decreasing interest, up to the point of almost current irrelevance, of the institutional dimension of the communication system, whose object of study (professional profiles, production processes, corporate organisation, market structure, communication policies, etc.) usually demands the employment of more expensive techniques and procedures of empirical research (survey, in-depth interview, ethnographic observation, document analysis), in terms of the resources needed for their implementation (including time), in comparison, for example, to quantitative content analysis, which is the recurrent technique in Spanish communication research with a tendency to reinforce its dominant position. Finally, also significant is the virtual disappearance of theoretical works in the most recent Spanish scientific production, which is widely focused on empirical research with a quantitative approach (almost 60% of empirical articles published in 2014), according to the internationally hegemonic methodological standard (Carrasco-Campos and Saperas, 2014 and 2016). Finding the relation that exists between these recent trends in communication research and the new institutional requirements imposed by the ACADEMIA programme for faculty professionalisation is a subject matter that requires, without doubt, a more detailed analysis. However, there is increasing evidence that indicates that the decisions and practices of communication researchers begin to respond, to some extent at least, to the strict calculations of academic profitability. 

Funded research. This work is part of the research project 25 years of communication research in Spain (1990-2015): scientific production, academic community and institutional context, funded by the National Programme for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Research of Excellence, of the National Plan for Scientific and Technological Research and Innovation 2013-2016 (CSO2013-40684-P, http://www.incomes-25.es). Special thanks to Rebeca Martínez Fernández, fellow researcher attached to the project, for her participation in the coding process.

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