Weekly reading 40.2017

Tim Engels, Truyken Ossenblok, Eric Spruyt, Mohamed Elsaie, Jenna Kammer,  Nees Jan van Eck, Ludo Waltman

Changing publication patterns in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2000–2009

Tim Engels, Truyken Ossenblok, Eric Spruyt

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-012-0680-2

The note

In this paper the authors described VABB-SHW, which is the database of publications written by scholars from Flanders.

People from ECOOM gathered the information about more than 85000 publications written in years 2000-2009. The whole process of communication with universities and council that was appointed to support the evaluation is also described.

The authors checked what is the difference between publications patterns from the beginning of examined period to the last year. It appeared that after introduction of performance-based research funding system there one can observe an increase in the publications number and the increase of the number of publications written in English.

There are also shown the differences between Social Sciences and Humanities. There are more books published by researchers who represents Humanities.

There is also an increase in the number of the publications from journals that are listed in the Web Of Science.

Impactitis: the impact factor myth syndrome

Mohamed Elsaie, Jenna Kammer

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4103%2F0019-5154.48998

The note

Authors describe journal impact factor, which is a metric created by Eugene Garfield in 1960s. It was created as a help for easing a process of picking the journals to Science Citation Index.

There are pros and cons described such as using impact factor for evaluation of one person instead of a whole journal or the case in which a paper is cited many times because it was published in a journal with high impact factor.

The journal impact factor was introduced some times ago and it is well known, thus many scholars are aware what it is and what it mean.

Different disciplines have different citation patterns, thus papers from some of them (especially STEM) will probably receive more citations than a paper written by a scholar who represents who is a humanist. The first paper will probably receive those citations in a shorter time.

Visualizing Bibliometric Networks

Nees Jan van Eck, Ludo Waltman

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10377-8_13

The chapter introduce a tool that can be helpful in creating a visualization of bibliometric netwrok. There are described some popular programs that can be used to create a network, however the authors write why they decided to create a new tool for this.

One can use VOSviewer to import the data from popular scientific databases (f.e. Scopus or WOS) and show the connections between the authors and the cited papers.

It is possible to seek a co-occurrence of citations and bibliographic coupling. The program can be used for creating a map of most common keywords in bibliographic data.


Place: Międzyzdroje, Poland.

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