Journal of Documentation


Library and Information Studies

Table Of Contents: Volume 54 Issue 3

The Royal Society scientific information conference of 1948

Brian Vickery

The background to the RSSIC is described, and the general nature of the conference. Some of its themes, achievements and limitations are briefly discussed.

Professor Bernal’s ‘insidious and cavalier proposals’: the Royal Society scientific information conference, 1948

Harry East

For the 1948 Royal Society Conference, J.D. Bernal submitted a paper which proposed a provisional scheme for the central distribution of scientific papers. This provoked…

Use studies of electronic networks: a review of empirical research approaches and challenges for their development

Reijo Savolainen

The author reviews the major approaches and central findings of empirical research use studies. Six major research approaches were identified by cross‐tabulating two…

An information world apart: the Royal Society scientific information conference of 1948 in the light of 1998

Maurice B. Line

The Royal Society Scientific Information Conference of 1948 was a top level attempt to look at scientific and technical information in the light of the post‐war growth of…

Bradford ranking conventions and their application to a growing literature

M.H. Heine

Bradford distributions describe the relationship between ‘journal productivities’ and ‘journal rankings by productivity’. However, different ranking conventions exist…



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