ERIC Number: ED108683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Design of Information Systems in the Social Sciences. Research Reports, Series A no. 2. Size, Growth and Composition of Social Science Literature.
Bath Univ. of Technology (England). Univ. Library.
A study was conducted of the production, size, growth, and composition of the serial and monograph literature of the social sciences, together with some comparative data from the sciences and humanities. Data on the social science serial literature was obtained by analysis of the Check List of Social Science Serials--a machine readable data base constructed specifically for this project on the design of information systems for the social sciences. A wide range of published and unpublished primary and secondary statistics were used for a variety of other analyses. The analyses of literature growth showed that it is necessary to re-examine the widely held view that the bulk of literature growth has been and will continue to be exponential. Accelerating and exponential growth has occurred in much of the serial literature, but in only a few parts of the monograph literature. Production and growth characteristics in different forms of literature and subjects were compared. The relevance of bibliometric data for the design and management of bibliographic information systems is discussed. Extensive data tables are appended. (Author/PF)
Descriptors: Books, Comparative Analysis, Futures (of Society), Humanities, Information Systems, Monographs, Productivity, Publications, Publishing Industry, Sciences, Serials, Social Sciences, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis
University of Bath Library, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, England (2.50 English pounds)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bath Univ. of Technology (England). Univ. Library.