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Internationalization of academic journals: is there still a gap between social and natural sciences?

  • Ekaterina Dyachenko


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics. HSE Branch in Perm)

In this study we compare internationalization of academic journals in six fields of science. Internationalization was investigated through journals' concentration on publishing papers from particular countries, relationship between the geographical distributions of editors and authors, and relationship between language of publication and the geographical distribution of papers. Having analyzed more than 1000 journals we can state that social sciences literature in the fields considered is still nationally and linguistically fragmented more than natural sciences literature, but in some cases the gap is not so big. One of the consequences concerning research output assessment is that usefulness of international databases having national disparity in coverage is still limited in social sciences

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 28/HUM/2013.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Humanities / HUM, May 2013, pages 1-22
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:28hum2013
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  1. Juan Gorraiz & Michael Greil & Wolfgang Mayer & Ralph Reimann & Edgar Schiebel, 2009. "International publication output and research impact in social sciences: comparison of the Universities of Vienna, Zurich and Oslo," Research Evaluation, Oxford University Press, vol. 18(3), pages 221-232, September.
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