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A Comparative Analysis on Keywords of International and Korean Journals in Library and Information Science

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2017, 48(1), pp.207-225
  • DOI : 10.16981/kliss.48.1.201703.207
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : February 20, 2017
  • Accepted : March 22, 2017

Eungi Kim ORD ID 1

1계명대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to discover various Library and Information Science (LIS) research areas by examining similarities and differences between LIS journals in terms of keyword characteristics. To conduct this study, for the years from 2004 to 2016, the keywords of 6 international journals were downloaded from Scopus database (http://www.scopus.com), and the keywords of 4 Korean journals were downloaded from the RISS database (http://www.riss.co.kr). The characteristics of keywords were investigated by examining frequently used keywords and frequently used distinctive keywords pertaining to international and Korean journals. The distinctive keywords are referred to as the keywords that appear in one domain but not in another. The result of this study indicated the following: a) a frequency analysis of the keywords showed major research themes and unique traits concerning Korea. b) In general, the keywords used in Korean journals frequently reflected the library as a major subject area of research, while keywords used in international journals reflected bibliometrics and information retrieval as major subject areas of research. c) The overarching themes of each created dataset were clearly noticeable in frequently used distinctive keywords. d) Some keywords were bound by a nation or by a region due to their scope of usage. The important implication of this study is that both most frequently used keywords and most frequently used distinctive keywords seemed to adequately represent the LIS subject areas

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