May 19, 2022

Research Preprint: “Publication Patterns of U.S. Academic Librarians and Libraries from 2003 to 2012”

The following article (accepted for publication, preprint) will be published in the July 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL).


Publication Patterns of U.S. Academic Librarians and Libraries from 2003 to 2012


Deborah D. Blecic
University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephen E. Wiberley Jr.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Sandra L. DeGroote
University of Illinois at Chicago 

John Cullars
University of Illinois at Chicago 

Mary Shultz
University of Nevada School Of Medicine

Vivian Chan


via C&RL Website


This study investigated contributions to the peer‐reviewed library and information science (LIS) journal literature by U.S. academic librarian (USAL) authors over a ten‐year period (2003‐2012). The results were compared to those of two previous five‐year studies that covered the time periods of 1993‐1997 and 1998‐2002 to examine longitudinal trends. For USAL authors as a group, publication productivity, the proportion of peer‐reviewed articles contributed to the LIS literature, and sole‐authorship declined. Among USALs who did publish, productivity patterns remained similar over twenty years, with a slight increase in the percentage of USAL authors who published three or more articles in five years. The top‐twenty high‐publication libraries from 2003‐2012 were from public research universities, unlike two earlier studies which found private university libraries among the top twenty.

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