Journal article

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

JM Najman, B Hewitt

Journal of Sociology | Published : 2003


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 ..

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