The validity of publication and citation counts for Sociology and other selected disciplines

Najman, J. M. and Hewitt, B. (2003) The validity of publication and citation counts for Sociology and other selected disciplines. Journal of Sociology, 39 1: 62-80. doi:10.1177/0004869003039001320

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Author Najman, J. M.
Hewitt, B.
Title The validity of publication and citation counts for Sociology and other selected disciplines
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8690
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0004869003039001320
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 62
End page 80
Total pages 19
Editor B. Martin
Place of publication UK
Publisher Sage Publ
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
370602 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
780107 Studies in human society
370102 Social Policy and Planning
751006 Managing collections
Abstract The use of bibliometric data is a means of comparing. research productivity and scholarly. impact for individuals, work groups, institutions and nations within and between disciplines. Central to this debate is the notion that disciplines differ in the ways in which,they exchange ideas and disseminate information and therefore have diverse publishing and citation patterns. In this article we use two different approaches to compiling bibliometric data to compare publishing patterns of five different disciplines that encompass Molecular Biology; Administration/Political Science, Psychology,. Philosophy and Sociology/Anthropology. We find that the social sciences differ from each other as well as from the physical sciences in their publication and citation patterns. Further, while the different ways of organizing the data produce somewhat different results, the substantive findings for the general patterning of publications and citations of disciplines are consistent for both data sets. Sociology/Anthropology, when compared with the other disciplines, shows substantial differences across universities.
Keyword Sociology
Citation Counts
Performance Indicators
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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