LIS research in Iran: Authorship flow and scientific life expectancy of researchers

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The aim of this article is to study authorship flow in Iranian Persian articles in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) based on Price’s model. Price divided authors in each given period in any field into four groups including newcomers, transients, continuants, and terminators. He believed that actuarial statistics could be applied to authorship to calculate death rate and birth rate in scientific fields. Articles published between 1991 and 2014 in 11 Persian LIS journals were included in this study. The average birth rate was 54.7%, the average death rate was 40%, infant mortality rate was 55.3%, average natural increase was 17%, and the average life expectancy was 2.7 years. The publication expectation was 4.1 articles per person and 60% of contributing authors were male. Duration of activity for ninety percent of authors was less than 5 years. Overall, although the numbers of authors and articles have increased during the period, the majority of authors are active for a short period of time and they are transient. Measures need to be taken in order to improve the continuity in scientific activity in Iranian LIS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationA-LIEP 2015
Place of PublicationManila, Philippines
Publisher UP School of Library and Information Studies
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2015
Event6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice: A-LIEP 2015 - Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines
Duration: 28 Oct 201530 Oct 2015

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ISSN (Print)2467-5970


Conference6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice
Abbreviated titleExploring Unity Amid Diversity
OtherThe Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP) is an international conference series which has been held in the Asia-Pacific region every one or two years since 2006. The aim of the conference is to bring together LIS educators, researchers and practitioners to share their research, experiences and innovations in Library & Information Science, and stimulate greater collaboration and cooperation regionally and globally.
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