Note on Publishing Intensity and Publishing Breadth


Given a set of leading scholars, a list of journals and a
period of time, publishing intensity (PI) of a journal is defined as the total
number of publications appeared in the journal that are co-authored by the
leading scholars. Publishing breadth (PB) is defined as the total number of
leading scholars who have contributed publications in that journal. While PI
and PB have been applied in journal ranking, their dependency has not been
investigated. In this regard, this paper presents empirical analyses on the
relation between PI and PB, with focus on six areas namely Artificial
Intelligence, Information Science and Library Science, Management,
Anthropology, Geography, and Nursing. For each area, we first extract the list
of journals from the JCR 2012 Version. Second, the list of leading scholars is
compiled based on three rules: (1) a leading scholar must currently be an
editorial member of a journal in which the journal is in our journal list, (2)
a leading scholar must be affiliated with one of the Top 25 US universities
compiled by US News, and (3) a leading scholar must have publications in the
area during 1999 to 2003. The last rule ensures that a leading scholar has been
active in the area for more than ten years. Third, based on the lists of
journals and leading scholars obtained, we count from the Thomas Reuter WoK
Database the PI and PB for each journal. Finally, we analyze the log-log
relation between the PI and the PB of the journals in the list. Results show
that log PI and the log PB have a linear correlation. The same result appears
in all six areas. As the six areas have quite diverse natures, we argue that
this log-linear relation is a common behavior across other research areas.

Author Information
John Sum, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Chang-Han Song, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: ACP2014
Stream: Psychology

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