Vanderstraeten, R. 2010. Scientific Communication: Sociology Journals and Publication Practices. SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 44 (3): 559-576
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Vanderstraeten, R. 2010. Scientific Communication: Sociology Journals and
Publication Practices. SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH
SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 44 (3): 559-576.
Author Full Name(s): Vanderstraeten, Raf
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: historical sociology; sociological theory; sociology of
science; sociology of sociology
KeyWords Plus: PATTERNS; WOMENS
Abstract: The rise of scientific specializations and disciplines depends on the
formation of specialized scientific communities. The establishment of specialized
scholarly journals facilitates the formation of such communities or networks.
Publications, especially articles in specialized journals, have become
institutionalized as the 'ultimate' form of scientific communication. Specialized
journals fulfil a key role in the scientific disciplines. They both secure the
shared values of a scientific community and endorse what that community
takes to be certified knowledge. This article first elaborates on the evolution of
communication within scientific disciplines. Afterwards, it presents an analysis
of publication practices in the main generalist sociology journals in the Low
Countries. Because of the close relationship between journals and discipline,
this sociological analysis addresses the evolution of sociology itself.
Addresses: Univ Ghent, Dept Sociol, BE-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Reprint Address: Vanderstraeten, R, Univ Ghent, Dept Sociol, Korte Meer 3-5,
BE-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
E-mail Address: raf.vanderstraeten at ugent.be
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