HIVK03343U Scholarly Communication and science Studies, Constituent elective A2
Information Science and Cultural Communication
Actors, institutions and processes in scientific and scholarly communication. Actors include researchers, mediators (with, for example, peer reviewers and information specialists) and users. Institutions include, for example, publishers, libraries, journals, databases, disciplines and Cochrane centers. Processes include, for example, knowledge production, information seeking and retrieval, research evaluation, and information dissemination.
The actors, institutions and processes are studied from different perspectives, including sociological, philosophical, science studies and bibliometric perspectives, but always with a specific focus on information studies.
Among the concepts covered are the information chain, UNISIST model, digital media, Wikipedia, information quality, theories and traditions, (including Robert K. Merton' normative view and social epistemology) and their importance for the study of scholarly communication.
Competency objectives for the module
The module provides students with:
Knowledge and understanding of
- Fields and fundamental principles of science studies,
- Knowledge production of different sectors and domains including societal sectors, research traditions and fields as well as the interaction between these sectors and their publication patterns and document forms,
- Bibliometric models and methods for research analysis and studies of scholarly communication.
- Describe specific theories, methods and traditions within science studies,
- Perform bibliometric analyses of scholarly communication,
- Analyse how knowledge is communicated from producers to users.
- Discuss sociological and theoretical concepts of science in relation to concrete problems within scholarly communication,
- Plan and perform bibliometric analyses of the production of knowledge and its network.
Students are able to
- Give a reflective account for sociological fields and fundamental principles of science and their significance for the production of knowledge and its use and influence,
- Independently prepare and perform bibliometric analyses of a knowledge production and its later use,
- Reflect on the theoretical and methodological strengths and weak-nesses in one’s own and other’s analyses of knowledge production and scholarly communication.
Examples of literature planned to be used:
- Bellis, Nicola De (2009). Bibliometrics and Citation Analysis. From the Science Citation Index to Cybermetrics. Lanham, Maryland : The Scarecrow Press, Inc (selected parts)
- Hjørland, Birger (2016). Informetrics needs a foundation in the theory of science. In Cassidy Sugimoto (red.). Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication (pp. 20-46) Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
- Zuccala, Alesia Ann. / Language, culture and traversing the scholarly evaluation landscape.The Evaluation of Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Lessons from the Italian Experience. . editor / Andrea Bonaccorsi. Switzerland : Springer International Publishing, 2018. pp. 395-411
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Summer exam 2019
Same as the ordinary exam. August 2019
- Class Instruction