Internationality of Journals: A Casestudy of LIS Journals


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  • Internationality of Journals: A Casestudy of LIS Journals

    1. 1. Internationality of Journals: A Case Study of Two Indian LIS Journals Dr. N.S. Harinarayana Associate Professor Department of Library and Information Science University of Mysore , Mysore Vasantha Raju N. Librarian Govt. First Grade College –Periyapatna Mysore Sunil M. V. Librarian SDM Institute for Management Development Chamundi Hill Road, Mysore National Conference on Knowledge Dissemination Through Journal Publications Centre for Education Beyond Curriculum (CEDBEC) September 28-30, 2011 Christ University , Bangalore
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of Academic Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Why Internationality is important </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier Studies on Internationality of Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria for Measuring Internationality of Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Why Two LIS Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Internationality of LIS journals </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the quality and Visibility of Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations of the Study </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction What are academic Journals? An academic journal is a peer-reviewed periodical in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published (Wikipedia, 2011).
    4. 4. Importance of Academic Journals <ul><li>Source of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>disseminate information about new trends </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate Research and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing academic performance </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Review </li></ul><ul><li>( Perakakis, Taylor, Buela-Casal & Checa, 2006) </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>JCR (Journal Citation Report) was the only Major Source to identify the internationality of Journals. But indexes very few Indian Journals. </li></ul><ul><li>Many use the term “International” in the journal title (i.e., International Journal of Library and Information Science). </li></ul><ul><li>What really constitute the internationality of Journals? </li></ul>Why Internationality of Journal is Important
    6. 6. Earlier Studies on Internationality of Journals Earlier Studies Techniques used to measure the internationality of Journals Aliaga & Suárez-Rodríguez (2007) Internationality Index Buela-Casal, Perakakis, Taylor & Checa (2006) Developed a set of criteria for measuring Internationality Buela-Casal, Zych, Sierra, & Bermúdez (2007) Internationality Index Davarpana & Behrouzfar (2009) Scientometrics (Citation analysis) Kao(2009) Scientometrics (authorship pattern) Sin (2005) Sceintometrics (Authors geographical affiliations) Uzun (2004) Scientometrics (Foreign authorship pattern) Zainab (2008) Scientometrics Zitt & Bassecoulard (1999) Scientometrics
    7. 7. Criteria Used to Measure the Internationality of Journals * <ul><li>Publication Language </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion in International Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Multinational Distribution of the Editorial Board Members </li></ul><ul><li>Multinational Distribution of the Associate Editors </li></ul><ul><li>Multinational Distribution of Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Multinational Distribution of Users </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns of International Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Countries Citing Pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Online Access </li></ul><ul><li>* Adopted from Buela-Casal, G., Perakakis, P., Taylor, M., & Checa, P. (2006). Measuring internationality: Reflections and perspectives on academic journals. Scientometrics, 67(1), 45-65 </li></ul><ul><li>* Zainab, A. N. (2008). Internationalization of Malaysian mathematical and computer science journals. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 13(1), 17-33 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Internationality of Indian LIS Journals <ul><li>Annals of Library & Information Studies (ALIS) (ISSN: 0975-2404) </li></ul><ul><li>DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology (DJLIT) (ISSN: 0976-4658) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Why these two LIS Journals <ul><li>have considerable periods of publishing history </li></ul><ul><li>peer-reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>open access </li></ul>
    10. 10. Criteria 1: Publication Language <ul><li>Both these journals are published in English </li></ul><ul><li>English is the lingua-franca of global community. </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria 2: Inclusion in International Databases </li></ul>
    11. 11. Criteria 3: Multinational Distribution of the Editorial Board Members <ul><li>Criteria 4: Multinational Distribution of the Associate Editors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All the associate editors are from India only </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Criteria 5: Multinational Distribution of Articles <ul><li>13 % of the articles were contributed from international LIS community in ALIS Journal for two year period (2009-2010) </li></ul><ul><li>3.06% of the articles were contributed from international LIS community in DJLIT for two year period (2009-2010) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Criteria 6: Multinational Distribution of Users Visitors by Country for (Annals of Library and Information Studies)
    14. 14. Criteria 6: Multinational Distribution of Users Visitors by Country for DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology
    15. 15. Criteria 7: Patterns of International Collaboration Of the 174 articles published in ALIS and DJLIT for two year period from 2009 to 2010 only 3 of them have international collaboration (2 articles for ALIS and 1 article from DJLIT have international collaboration).
    16. 16. Criteria 8: Foreign Countries Citing ALIS and DJLIT 14.36% of the article were cited by foreign LIS research community
    17. 17. Criteria 9: Online Access <ul><li>Both of these journals are open access. </li></ul><ul><li>Full text articles can be accessed immediately upon the publications without any restrictions </li></ul>
    18. 18. How these journals can enhance the quality and visibility <ul><li>Include foreign experts in editorial boards </li></ul><ul><li>Tightening the peer-review process to attract quality journals </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility of research from third world is increasing steadily in recent time </li></ul><ul><li>Provide open access to journals to increase visibility and citations </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations of the Study </li></ul><ul><li>This study only examined the two year period of publication data (citations). </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul>