Informationswissenschaftliche Zeitschriften (LIS journals)

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Sun Dec 22 03:56:39 EST 2002

Dear Wolfgang,

This is impressive work which needed to be done. Can you provide us with a
summary of the conclusions?

I would expect the German literature to be coupled to the Anglosaxon one
stronger than the French literature, notably, in the social and cultural
sciences. The French maintain a "national" discourse which seems to have an
impact on the reputational reward structure that is in some instances more
important than the international dimension. Furthermore, CNRS subsidizes
300 or so journals (mainly in the social sciences). In a study of
biotechnology (JASIST 52 (14), 2001, 1262-1274), we found the French
repertoire as the most loosely coupled to the international repertoire in
terms of words and cowords used in titles.

Would it be interesting to elaborate on this comparison? Perhaps, it is not
so difficult to replicate your study for the French IS&T journals. (The
European Commission might be interested to fund such a project.)

With kind regards,


At 10:37 AM 12/21/2002 EST, you wrote:
>"International Journals"
> The study is a comparative analysis of German-language LIS journals
> (10 titles; citations counted manually for the volumes 1997 - 2000) and
> "international" LIS journals (40 titles; data from ISI's SSCI JCR). For all
> 50 journals additionally a reader survey was done.
> It follows an abstract of a planned English version of our study:
>  In a scientometric analysis we describe international and regional (i.e.
>German language)
>  journals in the field of library and information science and practice.
>Our aim is a comparative
>  analysis of the results of a citation analysis and of a reader survey.
>Does reading behavior
>  correlate to journal impact factors? Do readers prefer journals with
>short or long half-life, or
>  with a low or high amount of references? Are there differences in reading
>behavior between
>  academic scientists and practitioners? And, finally, can we see
>differences in using
>  international and regional journals?
>  We work with methods of citation analysis and with an expert survey. The
>utilized indicators
>  of citation analysis are impact factor, citing half-life, references per
>article, and the rate of
>  self-references of the journal. Additionally, we map clusters of the
>leading periodicals. For
>  the description of 40 international journals we refer to the Social
>Sciences Citation Index
>  Journal Citation Reports of ISI, for the 10 German language journals we
>manually counted
>  the citations (1,494 source articles with 10,520 citations). All in all
>the empirical base of the
>  citation analysis part consists of nearly 90,000 citations in 6,203
>source articles of four
>  publication years (1997 to 2000).
>  The questionnaire surveys reading frequency, applicability of the
>journals to the job of the
>  reader, publication frequency, and publication preferences both for all
>respondents and for
>  limited groups (practitioners vs scientists, librarians vs documentalists
>vs information
>  scientists, civil service vs information industry vs private company
>employees). The project
>  makes full use of 257 questionnaires filled out by German speaking
>information specialists
>  in spring 2002.
> And this is the list of LIS journals (mc: manually counted)
> 01 ABI Technik (mc)
> 02 Annual Review of Information Science
> 03 ASLIB Proceedings
> 04 Bibliothek. Forschung und Praxis (mc)
>  (mc)
> 06 BIT Online (mc)
> 07 Buch und Bibliothek (mc)
> 08 Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
> 09 College and Research Libraries
> 10 E-Content (Database)
> 11 Electronic Library
> 12 Government Information Quarterly
>& Management
> 14 Information Society
> 15 Information Technology and Libraries
>& Document Supply
> 17 International Journal of Information Management
> 18 Internationales Symposium für Informationswissenschaft (mc)
> 19 Internet World
> 20 Journal of Academic Librarianship
> 21 Journal of Documentation
> 22 Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
> 23 Journal of Government Information
> 24 Journal of Information Ethics
> 25 Journal of Information Science
> 26 Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
> 27 Journal of Scholary Publishing
> 28 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
> 29 Knowledge Organization
>& Information Science Research
> 31 Library Acquisitions
> 32 Library and Information Science / Mita Toshokan Gakkai kikan shi
> 33 Library Collections Acquisitions
> 34 Library Hi Tech
> 35 Library Journal
> 36 Library Quarterly
>& Technical Services
> 38 Library Trends
> 39 Libri
> 40 NfD. Information: Wissenschaft und Praxis (mc)
> 41 Online
>& CD-ROM Review)
> 43 Password (mc)
> 44 Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting
> 45 Program
> 46 ProLibris (Mitteilungsblatt der Bibliotheken in NRW) (mc)
>& User Services Quarterly (RQ)
> 48 Scientometrics
> 49 Social Science Information / Information sur les sciences sociales
> 50 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie (mc)
> Wolfgang G. Stock

Loet Leydesdorff
Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX  Amsterdam
Tel.: +31-20-525 6598; fax: +31-20-525 3681 ; loet at

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