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Specialization and multidisciplinarity of scholarly book publishers: differences between Spanish University Presses and other scholarly publishers

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  • Jorge Mannana-Rodriguez

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  • Elea Giménez-Toledo

    (CSIC Madrid)

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Abstract In this work, the authors propose a definition of book publishers’ specialization-multidisciplinarity and apply the operative definition to a set of 1952 Spanish publishers in 16 fields of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The definition of specialization-multidisciplinarity is made operative with an entropy-based indicator. The indicator was applied to a set of Spanish scholarly publishers. It was hypothesized that University Presses (UPs hereafter) were significantly more multidisciplinary (or less specialized) than the rest of the publishers according to the values of the indicator. Chi square tests show that the proportion of UPs among the most multidisciplinary publishers is significantly greater than randomly expected. For the settings of this study the hypothesis is confirmed with a p value

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  • Jorge Mannana-Rodriguez & Elea Giménez-Toledo, 2018. "Specialization and multidisciplinarity of scholarly book publishers: differences between Spanish University Presses and other scholarly publishers," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 114(1), pages 19-30, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:114:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-017-2563-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2563-z
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