Practical potentials of Bradford's law: a critical examination of the received view.

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105309
Title:
Practical potentials of Bradford's law: a critical examination of the received view.
Author:
Nicolaisen, Jeppe; Hjørland, Birger
Citation:
Practical potentials of Bradford's law: a critical examination of the received view. 2007, 63(3):359-377 Journal of Documentation
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal:
Journal of Documentation
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105309
Submitted date:
2008-01-08
Abstract:
Literature studies reveal that the concept of â subjectâ has never been explicitly addressed in relation to Bradfordâ s law. The results of two empirical tests (Bradford analyses) demonstrate that different operationalizations of the concept of â subjectâ produce quite different lists of core-journals. Further, an empirical test reveals that Bradford analyses function discriminatorily against minority views. The paper questions one of the old dogmas of the field. The implication is that Bradford analysis can no longer be regarded as an objective and neutral method. The received view on Bradfordâ s law needs to be revised.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Bibliometrics

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dc.contributor.authorNicolaisen, Jeppeen_US
dc.contributor.authorHjørland, Birgeren_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-08T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:23:27Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-01-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationPractical potentials of Bradford's law: a critical examination of the received view. 2007, 63(3):359-377 Journal of Documentationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105309-
dc.description.abstractLiterature studies reveal that the concept of â subjectâ has never been explicitly addressed in relation to Bradfordâ s law. The results of two empirical tests (Bradford analyses) demonstrate that different operationalizations of the concept of â subjectâ produce quite different lists of core-journals. Further, an empirical test reveals that Bradford analyses function discriminatorily against minority views. The paper questions one of the old dogmas of the field. The implication is that Bradford analysis can no longer be regarded as an objective and neutral method. The received view on Bradfordâ s law needs to be revised.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limiteden_US
dc.subjectBibliometricsen_US
dc.titlePractical potentials of Bradford's law: a critical examination of the received view.en_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Documentationen_US
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