ERIC Number: EJ1031347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Publish or Practice? An Examination of Librarians' Contributions to Research
Finlay, S. Craig; Ni, Chaoqun; Tsou, Andrew; Sugimoto, Cassidy R.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v13 n4 p403-421 Oct 2013
This article examines authorship of LIS literature in the context of practitioner and non-practitioner production of published research. For this study, 4,827 peer-reviewed articles from twenty LIS journals published between 1956 and 2011 were examined to determine the percentage of articles written by practitioners. The study identified a decrease in the proportion of articles authored by practitioners between 2006 and 2011. Topic analysis of articles revealed subtle yet distinct differences in research subject matter between practitioner-authored and non-practitioner-authored articles. If present trends continue, the character of LIS literature may shift away from many issues relating to practical librarianship.
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Science, Library Research, Journal Articles, Authors, Academic Libraries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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