Who cites the contributions by information science?

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to find out which research topics and methods in information science (IS) articles are used in other disciplines as indicated by citations. Design/methodology/approach: The study analyzes citations to articles in IS published in 31 scholarly IS journals in 2015. The study employs content analysis of articles published in 2015 receiving citations from publication venues representing IS and other disciplines in the citation window 2015–2021. The unit of analysis is the article-citing discipline pair. The data set consists of 1178 IS articles cited altogether 25 K times through 5 K publication venues. Each citation is seen as a contribution to the citing document’s discipline by the cited article, which represents some IS subareas and methodologies, and the author team's disciplinary composition, which is inferred from the authors’ affiliations. Findings: The results show that the citation profiles of disciplines vary depending on research topics, methods and author disciplines. Disciplines external to IS are typically cited in IS articles authored by scholars with the same background. Thus, the export of ideas from IS to other disciplines is evidently smaller than the earlier findings claim. IS should not be credited for contributions by other disciplines published in IS literature. Originality/value: This study is the first to analyze which research topics and methods in the articles of IS are of use in other disciplines as indicated by citations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-123
Number of pages26
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Author disciplines
  • Citation analysis
  • Contributions
  • Information science
  • Research methods
  • Research topics

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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