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Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Services by Bhaskar Mukherjee

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Qualitative, quantitative and webometric analysis

Objective:

To describe the concepts of qualitative techniques, quantitative techniques, and webometric techniques.

Introduction

In the previous chapter, we witnessed the increasing number of OA journals in LIS. Supporters of Open Access proclaim the increasing influence journals will have as they achieve higher readership through free access, but others argue that, over the long term, editorial quality is best supported through traditional priced journals. So, a very natural question arises: Does the potential for wide distribution of OA journals, at no charge to the reader, have a measurable effect on the scholarly communication? Traditionally, either qualitative or quantitative techniques ...

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