Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Bibliometric Indicators for Assessing the Quality of Scholarly Communications: A Case Study on International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Bibliometric Indicators for Assessing the Quality of Scholarly Communications: A Case Study on International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems

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A number of contributors especially in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) have conducted bibliometric analysis of LIS as well as popular journals from other disciplines in different countries around the globe. Even a particular journal has been studied at different time period by scholars of different regions. Tiew et al. (2002) studied the Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science (MJLIS) covering the period 1996-2000 while Bakri and Willett (2008) analyses publication and citation patterns of the same journal MJLIS from 2001-2006 and compares the results with those obtained in an earlier study by Tiew et al. (2002). Tsay (2008) explored the relationship between Library and Information Science and other disciplines by analyzing citations of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Kuhn (3rd ed., 1996) argued that research firmly based upon past scientific achievements supplies the foundation for future research. Thus, the assessment of journal quality should be derived from knowledge contributions or the actual use of the journals and their articles (Cooper et al., 1993). Citation analysis allows the contributions of disciplines, journals, articles, or scholars to be evaluated by giving substantive expression to the use and diffusion of knowledge (Jackson and Rushton, 1987). Citation analysis, long used in physical and biological sciences, is now being used to examine the quality of business-related journals (Zinkhan and Leigh, 1999). The present study is modelled with the purpose to explore the quantitative and qualitative assessment of global Information Systems (IS) research published during the period from 1999-2009. It examines and presents an analysis of 212 research papers published in International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS). The International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS) is an academic, peer reviewed scholarly journal published quarterly by World Scientific Publishing Ltd., Singapore. The journal provides a forum for the presentation and dissemination of research covering all aspects of Cooperative Information Systems design, requirements, functionality, implementation, deployment, and evolution. It caters to the needs of researchers in the disciplines of Computer Science Applications, Information Systems and Management Information Systems.


While there is ample room to explore many more issues in the scholarly communications of IS literature, the present study attempts to make a valid contribution to IS research by identifying the following research questions.

RQ 1 - What is the mean authorship and degree of collaboration of IS literature? Is there any relationship between these two parameters?

RQ 2 - Does the frequency of publications by authors follow Lotka's law?

RQ 3 - Which countries have significant contributions to IS literature and what are their profiles with respect to various indices (like Activity Index, DCI, ICI)?

RQ 4 - Does the frequency of Keywords and Subject Terms follow Zipfs law?

RQ 5 - What is the impact of IS research publications as regards to the citation pattern?


For carrying out the work, EBSCOhost Research Database is selected as the data source. All the available back volume papers of IJCIS published during 1999 - 2009 were included in this study, comprising of 212 articles from 11 volumes and 40 issues. For each volume and issue of IJCIS bibliographic details like, the titles, names of authors, number of authorship, author 's institutional affiliation, country and discipline, type of article, number of references, citations received, author supplied keywords, subject terms etc. were collected. All the necessary data points were then recorded and the standardized data were compiled, tabulated and analyzed for making observations by various bibliometric indicators described below. …

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