Characteristics of scholarly journals published in non-English-speaking countries: An analysis of Library and Information Science SCOPUS journals

Jung Won Yoon, Nayon Kim, Eun Kyung Chung

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Abstract

Although regional journals publish high-quality research in diverse languages, research published in non-English-speaking countries (NESC) tends to have lower international visibility. By outlining the characteristics of SCOPUS journals published in NESC, this study aimed to inform regional scholarly communities interested in internationalizing their journals. A list of 294 SCOPUS journals in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field was extracted from the SCOPUS database; 39.12% of SCOPUS LIS journals (115 journals) were published in NESC. After excluding journals published in English-speaking countries as well as journals published by international commercial publishers, this study analysed the characteristics of 62 journals. Forty-eight (77.42%) of the 62 analysed journals were open access (OA) journals, and 37 (77.08%) of which were diamond OA journals. Although journals from NESC had relatively lower impact, journals that primarily used English (journal homepage, specified manuscript language) had higher impact than non-English journals. This article discusses the importance of supporting OA (including diamond) journals to ensure international access of NESC journals, the limitations of this study, including relying on the SCOPUS LIS journals and quantitative analysis, and an agenda for future research regarding the internationalization of regional journals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalLearned Publishing
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • international journals
  • regional journals
  • scholarly communication
  • scholarly journals

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