Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Scientometric Research seeks to publish articles in the various domains of scientometrics, including patent studies (techometrics) and web-based studies (webometrics). The editors encourage empirical and theoretical contributions from scholars in science, technology, sociology, economics, and any other fields using scientometric data or applying scientometric analysis in policy or innovation studies. They are especially interested in “articles that address [the] intersection of quantitative and qualitative approaches like development of hybrid indicators, supplementing research evaluation with qualitative methods, [and] linking funding to performance indicators.” Types of material published in the journal include editorials, insights (information about the journal and those who produce it), full length research articles, review articles, research in progress, book reviews, perspective papers, commentary, scientific correspondence, research notes, and a webliography.
The most currently available issue, May-August 2015, volume 4, issue 2, holds an editorial by Sujit Bhattacharya, CSIR‑National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR‑NISTADS Campus, New Delhi, India; eight research articles: “ The influence of peer reviewers as literacy brokers on the construction of texts for publication in ISI-indexed journals: A study of medical research articles,” “From Streptococcus lactis to Lactococcus lactis: A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the scope of research undertaken around a microbial concept,” “A new ranking scheme for the institutional scientific performance,” “Analysis of occupational demand for patent agents in China - Based on the network data of recruitment,” “Galileo as viewed through scientometric looking glass,” “Scientometric study of global electron probe microanalysis literature,” “Internet of things: A scientometric assessment of global output, 2005–2014,” and “Statistics: From arbitrary to accurate reporting is the need of the hour: Results of a preliminary study,”; and two book reviews, of: Imperial technoscience: Transnational histories of magnetic resonance imaging in the United States, Britain, and India and Issues in Open Research Data.
This will be a title of interest to anyone studying scientific impact factors, as well as the impact of research in a variety of fields (sociology, political science, business productivity, etc.).