bi-local science?

Victor Kuperman victor_list at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jan 17 17:10:10 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 have very similar scopes of
study, 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 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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