The role of journals in shaping knowledge and communitities

This project investigates how knowledge communities are developed and delineated through scholarly journals. The concept of journal scope is brought to the forefront and measured with a novel indicator that enables to compare the social and topical structures of different journals and seek explanations for the observed differences.

The main research questions are:

  • What is the scope of a journal and how can it be quantified?
  • How does the journal scope evolve over time?
  • Are there specific factors that can inflience the empirical scope of journals?
Philippe Mongeon
Philippe Mongeon
Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

I am an assistant professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, director of the Quantitative Science Studies Lab, and associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST).

Marc-André Simard
Marc-André Simard
PhD Student, Université de Montréal

Marc-André is a Ph.D. student in Information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Université Laval) and a Master’s degree in Information Science (Université de Montréal). His research focuses on bibliometrics, open access, and science policy.