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ERIC Number: EJ860842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
Australian Library & Information Studies (LIS) Researchers Ranking of LIS Journals
Smith, Kerry; Middleton, Mike
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v40 n1 p1-21 Mar 2009
The paper describes the processes and outcomes of the ranking of LIS journal titles by Australia's LIS researchers during 2007-8, first through the Australian federal government's Research Quality Framework (RQF) process, and then by its replacement, the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The requirement to rank the journals' titles used arose from discussions held at the RQF panel meeting held in February 2007 in Canberra, Australia. While it was recognised that the Web of Science's (formerly ISI) journal impact approach of journal acceptance for measures of research quality and influence might not work for LIS, it was apparent that this model would be the default if no alternative appeared. Although LIS and discipline-related journals were increasingly appearing in the Web of Science listed rankings, representation remained small and it was decided by the Australian LIS research community to undertake the ranking exercise. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A