A bibliometric study of taxonomic botany

Christopher Walton, Anne Morris
2013 Journal of Documentation  
Purpose -The aims were: to investigate the citation-patterns of monograph books in taxonomic botany (looking mainly at publications and publishers, and the age of current literature); and to make recommendations for collections management and reference services in libraries that hold botany materials. Design/methodology/approach -454 citations were collected at random from 47 botanical monographs published in 2009; a Bradford distribution of cited journals was produced; agedistributions of
more » ... ions were devised; and other bibliographical characteristics were tabulated. Findings -A small Bradfordian core of highly-cited journals and important publishers of monograph books were identified; monographs are cited more often than journal articles; older materials are more important than in other sciences; monographs are used by botanists for current awareness purposes; coverage of botanical journals by citation indexes is poor. Research limitations/implications -Librarians should: note the core botanical journals identified here; continue to acquire botanical monographs and to retain older materials; display new botanical monographs prominently and include them in current awareness services. The small size of the sample means that results were indicative. Further studies could: take larger samples; look at citations in journal articles, theses, conference proceedings, etc.; look at citations made over several years. Originality/value -The bibliometrics of taxonomic botany have previously been little studied; likewise citations from monographs. Some of the bibliometric methods of J. M. Cullars were applied to botanical literature.
doi:10.1108/jd-09-2012-0121 fatcat:nwpzraerfrhihjkjojolxoo5cq