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Open access journals: a bibliometric study in SSCI

Tsu-Jui Ma (Graduate Institute of Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)
Gwo-Guang Lee (Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a bibliometric study of journal articles in Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) related to open access journals. Publication trends from 1993 to 2016, core journals, prolific authors and article citation frequencies were examined to provide librarians and scholars with a basic reference of relevant resources.

Design/methodology/approach

Among articles published in journals which have been listed in SSCI during 1993-2016, titles were searched for the term “open access journal”. The data were evaluated in response to five research questions concerning topics including publication trends from 1993 to 2016, core journals, prolific authors and article citation frequencies.

Findings

In total, 115 articles on open access journals were authored by 215 individuals from 1993 to 2016. The 115 articles analyzed were cited 842 times in 57 journals.

Originality/value

This paper describes a bibliometric study on open access journal publication, which has rarely been performed within the specific context of document supply issues. It provides a foundation for further research on titles as well as resources for librarians and scholars.

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Citation

Ma, T.-J. and Lee, G.-G. (2017), "Open access journals: a bibliometric study in SSCI", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 45 No. 2, pp. 79-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/IDD-01-2017-0004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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