bi-local science?

Victor Kuperman victor_list at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jan 17 15:11:28 EST 2005


In a number of relatively small "paramedical"
disciplines (medical ethics, medical humanities,
medical anthropology, literature-and-medicine etc.),
it is often the case that journals with predominantly
North American population of authors and editors
coexist with the journals of (chiefly) European
authorship. These journals usually have a very similar
scope of interest, and some even bear almost identical
names (e.g. Medical Humanities vs. Journal of Medical
Humanities; Medical Anthropology vs. Anthropology and
Medicine). I am sure that this "bi-locality" of
scientific journals is known to many other fields and
is well studied. Can anyone point me to research that
quantitatively describes the competitive coexistence
of American and European (English-language) journals
in disciplines, which are represented by only a few
journals and a limited pool of authors? Are there
identifiable "camps"? If so, are there measures of
what countries lean to what camp?

Thank you,
Victor Kuperman

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