Abstract: This article presents a review of communication research on user-generated content with a special focus on studies which include a content analysis. The trends of research on this comparatively new and rapidly developing subject are systematically discussed and desiderata are identified. The evaluation is based on a content analysis of pertinent approaches in nine relevant international peer-reviewed journals published from 2004 to 2012. From the results, the article concludes that user-generated content is approached by scholars from a variety of perspectives and offers scope for interdisciplinary cooperation but also notes that several of the challenges posed by the continuously changing nature of the content are not fully met.
Naab, T. K. & Sehl, A. Studies of user generated content: A systematic review. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Prepublished October, 16, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1464884916673557