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Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Services

Book Description

This book has been written with a view to understand the validity of the perceptions of Open Access (OA) e-journals in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field. Using relevant OA journals this book presents and evaluates journals qualitatively and quantitatively. Over the last three hundred years scholarly journals have been the prime mode of transport in communicating the scholarly research process. However in the last few decades, a changing scenario has been witnessed in their form and format. OA is an innovative idea that attracts a fair amount of support and opposition around the world because it bridges the gap between digitally divided scholars by solving the pricing and permission crises that have imbalanced the scholarly communication process. Some scholars are of the opinion that OA has led to a chaotic environment where anyone can publish anything. Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Services records, in detail, the impact by accessing the journals’ web site qualitatively and quantitatively in measuring the important elements such as articles, authors, countries, subjects and cited references. Finally, the book calculates the impact factor using synchronous and asynchronous approaches.

  • First ever study to extensively evaluate LIS Journals’ Web site qualitatively by using a newly developed set of criteria
  • LIS OA journals are also evaluated quantitatively
  • Counts citations of LIS OA articles in terms of formal citations by using Google Scholar

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures and tables
  7. About the author
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. List of Abbreviations
  10. Preface
  11. Chapter 1: Changing scenario of scholarly communication: Journals, e-journals and Open Access journals
    1. Introduction
    2. Scholarly communication
    3. Varieties of electronic/online journals
    4. Debates on paper vs electronic journals
    5. Some issues with e-journals
    6. Open Access (OA) publishing
    7. Some milestones towards Open Access
    8. Flavors of OA
    9. Quantum of OA journals
    10. Summary
  12. Chapter 2: Open Access journals in Library and Information Science
    1. Introduction
    2. Language distribution
    3. Top Level Domain distribution
    4. Space and time distribution
    5. Brief outline of selected Open Access journals
    6. Summary
  13. Chapter 3: Qualitative, quantitative and webometric analysis
    1. Introduction
    2. Qualitative techniques
    3. Quantitative techniques
    4. Webometric techniques
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 4: Qualitative analysis of journals’ websites
    1. Introduction
    2. ‘Availability’, ‘Authority’, and ‘Review Policy’ of journals
    3. Scope and coverage of journals
    4. Exhaustiveness of journals
    5. Page format, availability of hyperlinks, currency, and updating policy of journals
    6. Search facility of OA journals
    7. Miscellaneous issues
    8. Size of OA journals’ websites
    9. Summary
  15. Chapter 5: Quantitative analysis of journals’ contents
    1. Introduction
    2. Literature productivity
    3. Literature growth
    4. Publication pattern by journal
    5. Core journals
    6. Authors
    7. Institutional involvement in publication
    8. Pattern of collaborative research
    9. Geographic distribution of contributors
    10. Frequency of international authors
    11. Subjects
    12. Cited references
    13. Summary
  16. Chapter 6: Web citation analysis of journals’ contents
    1. Introduction
    2. Web citations (citing references)
    3. Distribution of articles in various web citation strata by year
    4. Citation life
    5. Citations in various authorship pattern
    6. Highly cited authors
    7. Highly cited subjects
    8. Impact factor
    9. Immediacy index
    10. Summary
  17. Chapter 7: Scholars’ motivation for hyperlinking
    1. Introduction
    2. Scholars’ motivation for hyperlinking in terms of language, top level domains, sources, and file formats
    3. Journals’ self-citation
    4. Summary
  18. Chapter 8: Summary
    1. OA journals in LIS – availability
    2. Qualitative analysis of OA journals’ websites
    3. Quantitative analysis of OA journals’ contents
    4. Web citations analysis of journal articles
    5. Impact factor analysis of journals
    6. Scholars’ motivation for hyperlinking
    7. Suggestions
    8. Towards further research
  19. Appendix: Criteria of incorporating journals in the most popular databases, indexing/abstracting services
  20. Bibliography
  21. Index