Bibliometrics; Social Sciences Citation Index; Journal Citation Reports; Scientific journals; Library and Information Science
Zagadnienia Informacji Naukowej, 2001, nr 1, s. 41-53
The surveys of user needs prove that journals are the best and most
frequently used information source. Among different methods of periodical
evaluation the most frequently used is bibliometric method. The article is an
attempt of bibliometrical analysis of librarianship periodicals indexed in Social
Science Citation Index/Journal Citation Reports in the years 1993-1998. For the
sake of the analysis there was implemented the method elaborated by I.V.
Marszakowa, relying on comparison of factors of field of knowledge (Ig) with
Impact factors (Ip), on which data might be found in Journal Citation Reports
data base, created by Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia.
Analysis provided on the basis of data received from the data base makes
possible to select the most esteemed international journals from the field of
librarianship and information science. Analysis of the factors of the field of
knowledge for the years 1993-1998 indicates the increase of the rate of
development of librarianship and information science. Comparison of the list of
the international journals from the discussed field and Central Catalogue of the
Foreign Journals confirmed the directions of acquisition policy of the Polish
libraries. Method of assessing the quality of the journals presented in the article
might be helpful in the library' journals' acquisition policy, specifically taking
into consideration decreasing budgets of the libraries and increasing prices of
the scientific journals.