The limits of bibliometrics for the analysis of the social science et humanities literature

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There are several limits to the use of bibliometric analysis of scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities. This paper reviews three of those limits: the lower proportion of social science and humanities journal articles; social sciences and humanities literature’s ageing rate, and conversely its post-publication citation rate; and the local relevance of social sciences and humanities knowledge. It also discusses the choice of bibliometric databases when measuring social sciences and humanities research.

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