East African Social Sciences and Humanities Publishing: A Handmade Bibliometrics Approach

Author: Nora Schmidt

Abstract: For Eastern Africa, very little information about the SSH knowledge production can be found from a European perspective. Adequate indicators like information-rich bibliographic databases that cover journals and book publishers based in East Africa are lacking. This research in progress explores their indexing situation in detail, their development, which is closely connected to political history, their (non-)usage, and affiliations as well as career-stages of their authors. Furthermore, it also pays attention to SSH researchers based in East Africa who use other publication venues. Any bibliometric analysis in this field needs to rely on manual data collection, otherwise it would be heavily biased. This study lays out the foundation for citation analyses, qualitative research on the publications’ content and the self-description of East African scholars against the background of an academic environment that is often described as “international”.

Citation: Schmidt, Nora. (2016, October). East African Social Sciences and Humanities Publishing: A Handmade Bibliometrics Approach. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.162217



The Impact of Gender on Citations: An Analysis of College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Library Quarterly

We’re preceding this post with a short PSA. Today’s International Women’s Strike offers a good opportunity for those of us interested in LIS research and scholarly communication to reflect upon the persistent gender gap in our own field, both in professional practice and in our knowledge production practices. Though we comprise the majority of the profession, women are still paid less than their male peers and assume leadership positions at lower rates. We are also take on unpaid “service” work at higher rates–work like what we do here at The Idealis. That’s why we, too, are striking today, having scheduled this post a few weeks back.

In solidarity,
Stacy, Lily & Nicky
The Idealis

Author: Malin Håkanson

Abstract: Three scholarly core journals of library and information science (LIS) were analyzed with respect to gender of article authors and gender of authors cited in these articles. The share of female contributors to these journals has certainly increased during the studied period, 1980–2000. However, the results of the quantitative citation analysis show puzzling differences concerning female and male authors’ citation practice. There may be a gender bias in LIS publishing, even though female authors have become more numerous. Further studies are needed to uncover the influence of other variables, such as subject content of the articles.

Håkanson, M. (2005). The Impact of Gender on Citations: An Analysis of College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Library Quarterly. College & Research Libraries, 66(4). doi:10.5860/crl.66.4.312



Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion about Scholarly Metrics

Authors: Dan DeSanto and Aaron Nichols

Abstract: This article presents the results of a faculty survey conducted at the University of Vermont during academic year 2014–2015. The survey asked faculty about: familiarity with scholarly metrics, metric-seeking habits, help-seeking habits, and the role of metrics in their department’s tenure and promotion process. The survey also gathered faculty opinions on how well scholarly metrics reflect the importance of scholarly work and how faculty feel about administrators gathering institutional scholarly metric information. Results point to the necessity of understanding the campus landscape of faculty knowledge, opinion, importance, and use of scholarly metrics before engaging faculty in further discussions about quantifying the impact of their scholarly work.

DeSanto D & Nichols A. (2017). Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion about Scholarly Metrics College & Research Libraries vol. 78 no. 2, pp 150-170 doi:10.5860/crl.78.2.150



La producción científica colombiana en SciELO: un análisis bibliométrico

Abstract: A bibliometric analysis of the Colombian scientific production indexed in SciELO Citation Index is presented. Some of the settled objectives are to determine the total production and the degree collaboration, to identify the most prolific Colombian universities as well as the main academic collaboration networks. The sample was integrated by 15302 documents published in twelve years.

A remarkable increase of the scientific production was found, with a global degree collaboration index of 0.75. It was found that the state universities are the most prolific ones, being the Universidad Nacional and the Universidad de Antioquia the first two producers. A growth of the international collaboration was detected, especially among Latin-American countries. Spain is the main academic collaborator of Colombia. It is shown a bias in pro of domestic journal publications. Health Sciences journals constitute the principal core of the Colombian scientific production.

Se presenta un análisis bibliométrico de la producción científica realizada en Colombia indexada en la base de datos SciELO Citation Index.
Algunos de los objetivos fueron determinar el volumen de la producción
y determinar el grado de colaboración, identificar las universidades colombianas más productivas y determinar cuáles son los pares
académicos en la investigación científica y tecnológica en Colombia. Se
analizaron 15 302 documentos publicados en doce años.

Se halló un notable incremento en la producción, con un grado de colaboración
global de 0,75. Las universidades públicas son las que más
publican, destacando la Universidad Nacional y la Universidad de Antioquia.
También se constató un aumento de la colaboración internacional,
especialmente con los países de la región latinoamericana. España
es el principal socio académico de Colombia.
Hay un sesgo en favor de las publicaciones realizadas en revistas nacionales.
Las Ciencias de la Salud se confirman como el mayor núcleo de la
producción científica en Colombia.

Maz-Machado, Alexander and Jiménez-Fanjul, Noelia Noemí and Villarraga-Rico, Miguel Ernesto. (2016). La producción científica colombiana en SciELO: un análisis bibliométrico. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecología, vol. 39, n. 2, pp. 111-119.