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Examining interdisciplinarity of library and information science (LIS) based on LIS articles contributed by non-LIS authors

Yu-Wei Chang ()
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Yu-Wei Chang: National Taiwan University

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 116, issue 3, 1589-1613

Abstract: Abstract This study investigated the external contributors of library and information science (LIS) knowledge who were unaffiliated with LIS-related institutions but published their research results in LIS journals. Differences between the contributors to library science (LS) and contributors to information science (IS) were considered. Articles published in 39 strongly LIS-oriented journals indexed in the Web of Science database between 2005 and 2014 were analyzed. The results demonstrated that 46.5% of the LIS articles were written by at least one non-LIS author; authors’ backgrounds ranged across 29 disciplines. An increasing trend was observed in degrees of interdisciplinarity of LS and IS. An increase in proportion of articles by LIS and non-LIS authors was identified in LS and IS as well. Those with medical backgrounds were the primary non-LIS authors contributing to the LS field and collaborated the most frequently with LIS authors. Those with computer science backgrounds were the most prevalent non-LIS contributors to the IS field and preferred to publish individually. A critical difference was also identified in research topics between LS and IS. The foundations of LIS and scientometrics were the largest research topics in LS and IS, respectively.

Keywords: Library and information science; Library science; Information science; Authorship; Interdisciplinarity; Research topic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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