The Differences Among Disciplines in Scholarly Communication A Bibliometric Analysis of Theses

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LIBRI, vol.59, no.3, pp.166-179, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/libr.2009.016
  • Journal Name: LIBRI
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.166-179
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this paper is to express the differences and similarities of inter-disciplinary scholarly communications through the citation analysis of theses. For this purpose, a total of 29,289 citations from 391 theses between years 1968-2007 were investigated using citation analysis. Samples were chosen according to layer-sampling techniques from 16 disciplines of four basic subject areas (social sciences, pure science, engineering, and arts and humanities). It has been found out that the characteristics of citations of the theses differ among academic disciplines. The study finds that literature obsolescence, language of resources, journal or monograph use, number of citations and authors are related to the disciplines and vary according to the subject areas.