Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Services

1st Edition

The Impacts of Open Access Journals and E-Journals on a Changing Scenario

Print ISBN: 9781843346265
eBook ISBN: 9781780632087
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 27th July 2010
Page Count: 318
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This book has been written with a view to understand the validity of the perceptions of Open Access (OA) e-journals in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field. Using relevant OA journals this book presents and evaluates journals qualitatively and quantitatively. Over the last three hundred years scholarly journals have been the prime mode of transport in communicating the scholarly research process. However in the last few decades, a changing scenario has been witnessed in their form and format. OA is an innovative idea that attracts a fair amount of support and opposition around the world because it bridges the gap between digitally divided scholars by solving the pricing and permission crises that have imbalanced the scholarly communication process. Some scholars are of the opinion that OA has led to a chaotic environment where anyone can publish anything. Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Services records, in detail, the impact by accessing the journals’ web site qualitatively and quantitatively in measuring the important elements such as articles, authors, countries, subjects and cited references. Finally, the book calculates the impact factor using synchronous and asynchronous approaches.

Key Features

  • First ever study to extensively evaluate LIS Journals’ Web site qualitatively by using a newly developed set of criteria
  • LIS OA journals are also evaluated quantitatively
  • Counts citations of LIS OA articles in terms of formal citations by using Google Scholar


Supporters and critics of Open Access activity and scholars actively engaged in research in fields like Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, and Webometrics

Table of Contents

Changing scenario of scholarly communication: Journals, e-journals and Open Access journals; Open Access journals in Library and Information Science; Qualitative, quantitative and webometric analysis; Qualitative analysis of journals’ websites; Quantitative analysis of journals’ contents; Web citation analysis of journals’ contents; Scholars’ motivation for hyperlinking; Summary.


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This is an impressive piece of work and one that will be of use to any scholar in the field wishing to know where best to place his or her papers for best effect, as well as being of general interest to those involved in the open access arena., Information Research