This study explores the flow of information within and among academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities through analyses of the patterns of scholarly book reviewing. An elite sample of scholarly monographs published by university presses between 1971 and 1990 was used.
Beginning with Derek de Solla Price, the measurement of communication within the disciplines of science has been ongoing. In the present book that field of inquiry is summarized and provides a basis for examining the flow of information in the social sciences and humanities.
Introduction The Social Study of Science Disciplinarity: The Nature and Structure of Scholarly Disciplines Book Reviews: Evaluative Systems in Scholarship Book Reviews: Data and Analysis Scholarly Book-Reviewing Journals Information Flow: Direction, Volume, and Speed Two Case Studies: Marchand's Advertising and Weber's Peasants Conclusion Bibliography Index
Reviews This study is an engaging exploration of its subject and may be recommended to academic collection development librarians, scholars, and interested professionals.—Library Journal