Title

The internationality of published higher education scholarship: How do the 'top' journals compare?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Informetrics

Volume

15

Issue

2

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Education / School of Business and Law

RAS ID

35438

Comments

Mason, S., Merga, M. K., Canché, M. S. G., & Mat Roni, S. (2021). The internationality of published higher education scholarship: How do the ‘top’journals compare?. Journal of Informetrics, 15(2), article 101155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2021.101155

Abstract

With the trend toward internationalization of higher education systems across the world, international journals play an important role in disseminating research from a diverse range of national contexts. While studies have continued to show a persistent western hegemony in published scholarship, research has largely focused on the most prestigious journals in the field, and it remains unclear how journals from beyond the most elite contribute to geographic diversity. This study makes a unique contribution to the existing knowledge body, through comparative analysis of the internationality (as a product of editorial boards, published authors, authorship compositions, and study contexts) of higher education journals in both the highest quartile of impact (Q1) and the lowest quartile of impact (Q4). The results show that while some journals may orient themselves as international in scope, in practice they may be more concentrated in particular regions. Although Q-ranking was not found to be a clear indicator of geographic diversity, Q4 journals are statistically more likely to include research and researchers from outside of the core anglophone countries, making an important contribution to the diversity of scholarship beyond the dominating western and English-language discourse.

DOI

10.1016/j.joi.2021.101155

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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