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Rachel Hessey JIBS User Group Resource Discovery event February 2013

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The impact of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science (LIS): Investigating cross-disciplinary citations by Rachel Hessey, (University of Sheffield). Presentation at New Dawn: the …

The impact of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science (LIS): Investigating cross-disciplinary citations by Rachel Hessey, (University of Sheffield). Presentation at New Dawn: the Changing Resource Discovery Landscape - JIBS Event and AGM, Monday 25th February 2013 Brunei Gallery at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London. Find out more about resource discovery at the HELibTech website: http://helibtech.com/Discovery

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  • 1. The impact of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science (LIS)Investigating cross-disciplinary citations Rachel Hessey
  • 2. What is the external influence of theinterdisciplinary field of LIS?
  • 3. Identifying exports to othersubject areas
  • 4. Citation % ofRank Subject category count exports 1 Computer Science, Interdisciplinary 216 20.4 2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary 164 15.5 3 Computer Science, Information Systems 159 15.0 4 Chemistry, Medicinal 105 9.9 5 Pharmacology & Pharmacy 102 9.6 6 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 72 6.8 7 Public, Environ. & Occup. Health 57 5.4 8 Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence 55 5.2 9 Educational & Educational Research 39 3.710 Biochemical Research Methods 38 3.611 Health Care Sciences & Services 37 3.5 Biophysics 34 3.212 Computer Sci., Software Engineering 34 3.213 Communication 33 3.1
  • 5. Patterns in the results – citing journals• Dominance of science subject areas• Bulk exports from single articles, authors or institutions• Single citations from very high impact journals Genuine impact = High citation count x impact factor Citations to a range of LIS research
  • 6. Patterns in the results – cited journalsLIS journals v. non-LIS journals•Non-LIS = higher citation counts•Non-LIS = higher % above averageimpact factors•Differing subject destinations forexports Publication of LIS research in non-LIS journals leads to higher impact exports
  • 7. Implications• Exported knowledge achieving significant influence• Pre-publication export to maximise impact? • Impact factors, once normalised, are an effective means of quantifying export value • Using author to assign disciplinarity can be misleading
  • 8. Hessey, R. & Willett, P. (2013)Quantifying the value of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science research Journal of Information Science 39, 1, 141-150
  • 9. Hessey, R. & Willett, P. (2013)Quantifying the value of knowledge exports from librarianship and information science research Journal of Information Science 39, 1, 141-150