ERIC Number: ED459718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Journals and the Shaping of Disciplinary Knowledge.
Budd, John M.
This paper addresses two key issues related to the disciplinary role of journals in library and information science (LIS). The first issue is the nature of knowledge as communicated through public mechanisms such as journals. The second issue is the set of attributes that characterizes a portion of the content of LIS journals. In order to complete this examination, a group of LIS journals with an explicitly international focus were examined. The central purpose of the study was two-fold: describing some characteristics of the authors of journal articles in LIS; and studying citations within journal articles to determine apparent epistemic links between the articles' content and the cited works. Results indicate that there are no gross gender-related or geocentric tendencies. An openness to various standpoints is also indicated. It is concluded that LIS journals fulfill important knowledge-based responsibilities for the members of the profession. (Contains 13 references and 1 table.) (MES)
Descriptors: Authors, Citation Analysis, Citations (References), Information Science, Journal Articles, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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