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Dissertation Information for Fahad Al-Dosary

NAME:
- Fahad Al-Dosary

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA) (1986)

ADVISORS:
- Richard D. Walker

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Jane B. Robbins
- William Landram Williamson
- Charles A. Bunge
- Neil Ryan Richardson

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: CHARACTERISTICS OF RESEARCH LITERATURE USED BY POLITICAL SCIENTISTS: A STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENCES IN RESEARCH APPROACHES ON CITATION BEHAVIOR (BIBLIOMETRICS)

Abstract: A method is proposed to clarify certain factors underlying citation behavior within a single discipline. This approach, which is an extension and refinement of citation analysis as a method of research, was used to analyze the citation patterns of political scientists in relation to variations in their research approaches.

A sample of 204 political science journal articles was examined to determine whether different research approaches used in a subject field are associated with differences in citation patterns. The articles were operationally classified as to their analytic disposition into behavioral or traditional and as to their method of research into quantitative or non-quantitative. Five citation variables were examined, in relation to both analytic disposition and to method of research, using a one-way analysis of variance. The variables were: (1) the number of subjects cited, (2) the percentage of non-political science subjects cited, (3) the percentage of non-English literature cited, (4) the journal citation rate, (5) the median age of cited literature.

Results showed that differences in research approaches were a significant predictor for six of the ten relationships examined. Traditionalists and behavioralists were alike in subject and language dispersion; quantitative and non-quantitative were alike in the number of subjects cited. Journal citation rate was higher for behavioralists than traditionalists, as hypothesized. But contrary to expectations, behavioralists cited literature of greater median age than traditionalists, and the non-quantitative group cited a higher percentage of non-political science subjects, had a higher journal citation rate, cited literature of a lower median age and cited more non-English literature than did the quantitative group.

MPACT Scores for Fahad Al-Dosary

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:27:11

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