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A-LIEP: LIS Research

In "Authorship from the Asia and Pacific Region in Top Library and Information Science Journals" by Taemin Kim Park, articles published from 1967-2005 in the top 20 library and information science (LIS) journals—as ranked by ISI's Journal Citation Reports—were included in the study. Australia, China (including Hong Kong) and South Korea accounted for 50 percent of the articles out of twelve countries. The Philippines was represented by 9 articles, or 0.7 percent.

To put these figures into perspective, it must be noted that in "Is There a Role for Professional Associations in Fostering Research?" by Kerry Smith and Ross Harvey, the Australian authors expressed dissatisfaction with their country's research output. If librarians from the number one country—with 26.2 percent of articles—are not happy with their output, what should Filipinos feel?

According to ISIHighlyCited.com, there is only one Filipino among its list of "the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide"—Bienvenido Juliano of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, who has written or collaborated on 367 articles since 1955. But that's in the field of agricultural sciences. What about our own field?

Of the 9 articles written by Filipinos, 4 were published from 1981-1990, 4 from 1991-2000, and just 1 from 2001-2005. Looking at the names, only a few are familiar; the rest may not be librarians. The article by Oberthur, Dobermann, and Aylward, does not even seem to have a Filipino among its authors.

Could it be that Filipino librarians have not been doing research? Or did their articles just not make it into the top 20 journals?

The following is the list of articles included in Park's study:
Carino, PB. COMPAIS - a computer-assisted information-system. Journal of Information Science, v.4, no.1 (1982).

Cornelio, AF, Neelameghan, A and Tongco, LV. DAIS - a computer-assisted documents acquisition information-system. Journal of Information Science, v.5, no. 1 (1982).

Dizon, LB and Sadorra, MSM. Patterns of publication by the staff of an international fisheries research-center. Scientometrics, v.32, no.1 (Jan. 1995).

Flor, AG. The information wastage ratio - Toward a theory of rates of information generation and utilization. Scientometrics, v.13, no.1/2 (Jan. 1988).

Lustria, MLA, Case, DO. The SPARC initiative : a survey of participants and features analysis of their journals. Journal of Academic Librarianship, v.31, no.3 (May 2005).

Maclean, J, Janagap, C. The publication productivity of international agricultural-research center. Scientometrics, v.28, no. 3 (Nov.-Dec. 1993).

Neelameghan, A, Pascua-Cruz, MD. Online access to remote data-bases – an experiment in user sensitization. Journal of Information Science, v.7, no. 3 (1983).

Oberthur, T. Dobermann, A, Aylward, M. Using auxiliary information to adjust fuzzy membership functions for improved mapping of soil qualities. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, v.14, no. 5 (Jul-Aug 2000).

Opena, MM. Unity in diversity : toward a common professional vision of health science librarianship. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, v.84, no.1 (1996).

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