A comparative study on communication structures of Chinese journals in the social sciences
Ping.Zhou at ECON.KULEUVEN.BE
Mon Feb 22 09:33:14 EST 2010
The "stagnation" is concluded based on two types of comparison: comparison with natural and life sciences domestically and the specialization comparison between Chinese and international communities.
Domestic comparison shows that China's world share of publications in the social sciences lags dramatically behind that in the natural and life sciences (see Figure 1 of the paper).
International comparison shows that China is less specialized than its international counterparts. We argue that specialization links to maturity of a discipline; less specialization may lead to slower progress.
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What do you mean by "stagnation" and how are you measuring it? This seems like an odd conclusion to draw from a citation analysis.
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Title: A comparative study on communication structures of Chinese journals in the social sciences
Source: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, forthcoming
Authors: Ping Zhou, Xinning Su, Loet Leydesdorff
Abstract: We argue that the communication structures in the Chinese social sciences have not yet been sufficiently reformed. Citation patterns among Chinese domestic journals in three subject areas-political science and marxism, library and information science, and economics-are compared with their counterparts internationally. Like their colleagues in the natural and life sciences, Chinese scholars in the social sciences provide fewer references to journal publications than their international counterparts; like their international colleagues, social scientists provide fewer references than natural sciences. The resulting citation networks, therefore, are sparse. Nevertheless, the citation structures clearly suggest that the Chinese social sciences are far less specialized in terms of disciplinary delineations than their international counterparts. Marxism studies are more established than political science in China. In terms of the impact of the Chinese political system o!
n academic fields, disciplines closely related to the political system are less specialized than those weakly related. In the discussion section, we explore reasons that may cause the current stagnation and provide policy recommendations.
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