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Qualitative analysis of journals’ websites

Objective:

To identify the actual strengths and weaknesses of OA journals with the help of qualitative techniques.

Introduction

Examining the literature in scholarly communication, it has been found that LIS journals are evaluated by factors other than the impact factor. Chressanthis and Chressanthis (1993) pointed out that the concept of journal ‘quality’ traditionally has been measured against quantitative measures such as circulation, total number of pages per volume, frequency of citations in the literature, and coverage by indexing services. But in addition, Gorman (1999) suggested that quantitative measures are perhaps unsuitable for evaluating the qualitative factors that contribute to a ...

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