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Scholarly communication in education journals

Raf Vanderstraeten UGent (2011) SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY. 35(1). p.109-130
abstract
The rise of disciplines is connected with the formation of groups or networks of specialists. It is connected with the emergence of "scientific communities," theorized about since Thomas Kuhn and Robert Merton. But how is such a community of specialists brought together; how are common orientations among members of a scientific community upheld? In this article it is argued that scholarly journals play a key role in the modern scientific disciplines. Journals both secure the shared values of a scientific community and endorse what that community takes to be certified knowledge. Publications in scholarly journals have become the basic units of scientific communication in a discipline. Against this theoretical background, I analyze in this article the evolution of the leading scholarly journal in the field of education in the Dutch-language community, Paedagogische Studien (Studies in Education). The analyses illuminate a number of historical evolutions in this journal in the period 1920-75: the increase in coauthorship and the concomitant standardization of publication formats; the changing role of the editorial board, especially in its function of gatekeeper of scientific communication; and the increase and the shifting "global" nature of cited work in the journal. Because of the close relationship between journal and discipline, this analysis highlights basic characteristics of the patterns of communication and the constitution of disciplinary identity in Dutch-language educational science.
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author
organization
year
type
journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
SOCIAL-SCIENCES, SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIVITY, DEPARTMENTS, INFORMATION, SOCIOLOGY, CITATION
journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY
Soc. Sci. Hist.
volume
35
issue
1
pages
109 - 130
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000288188800004
JCR category
HISTORY
JCR impact factor
0.485 (2011)
JCR rank
8/55 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
0145-5532
DOI
10.1215/01455532-2010-018
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1930257
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1930257
date created
2011-10-14 17:50:58
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:51:11
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  author       = {Vanderstraeten, Raf},
  issn         = {0145-5532},
  journal      = {SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY},
  keyword      = {SOCIAL-SCIENCES,SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIVITY,DEPARTMENTS,INFORMATION,SOCIOLOGY,CITATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {109--130},
  title        = {Scholarly communication in education journals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/01455532-2010-018},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Vanderstraeten, Raf. 2011. “Scholarly Communication in Education Journals.” Social Science History 35 (1): 109–130.
APA
Vanderstraeten, R. (2011). Scholarly communication in education journals. SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY, 35(1), 109–130.
Vancouver
1.
Vanderstraeten R. Scholarly communication in education journals. SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY. 2011;35(1):109–30.
MLA
Vanderstraeten, Raf. “Scholarly Communication in Education Journals.” SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY 35.1 (2011): 109–130. Print.