Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 16: 67-78 (1978)

原著論文Original Article

国際的学術雑誌と研究者の投稿傾向Science Citation Index,1976年ファイルの調査を基にしてInternational scientific journals and trends of contribution using Science Citation Index file 1976

1筑波大学学術情報処理センターScience Information Processing Center, University of Tsukuba ◇ 〒305-0006 茨城県つくば市天王台一丁目1番1号 ◇ Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan

2筑波大学電子情報工学系教授Professor, Institute of Electronics and Information, University of Tsukuba ◇ 茨城県新治郡桜村 ◇ Sakura-mura, Niihari-gun, lbaragi, Japan

発行日:1979年3月20日Published: March 20, 1979

The purpose of the paper is to elucidate the trends of scientists’ contributions to and publishing of scientific journals in terms of countries and disciplines. As a source the 1976 file of the Science Citation Index is used, which contains 342,610 articles scattered among 2,366 journals.

Among top 10 countries, 5 countries are English-speaking nations, and only three of them, the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada, occupy more than half of all contributing articles. On the other hand, the U.S. and U.K. account for three quarters of distribution of publishing countries. This fact shows that the English is already firmly established as a common language in the world’s scientific community. In addition, scientists in many other countries contribute to leading journals, and we define that those not dedicated to a single country contributors are international journals. Seventy six journals were selected as international. There are many substantially international journals among journals published in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Most of the international journals are published commercially, and there are few learned societies publishing them. It may be said that such countries as the Netherland, Switzerland, Denmark and the U.K. are under favorable conditions for publishing international journals.

The number of articles is relatively larger in the life sciences and physical sciences, and many articles are contributed from foreign countries. In contrast to this, the behavioral sciences produce less and their researches are carried out in lesser countries.

Fereign contributors to journals published in Japan are almost exclusively from the U.S.

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