Publication patterns in the social sciences and humanities

This is a survey to collect reactions and comments from the SSH research community in different Europan countries to results and observations presented in a paper recently published in Scientometrics: "Publication patterns in the social sciences and humanities: Evidence from eight European countries".

In a comparison of publication patterns in social sciences and humanities across eight countries, scholars from the European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities show that the use of language and publication types are influenced by each country’s cultural and historic heritage.


Authors of the study published in Scientometrics collected data on all peer-reviewed publications and specifically for the disciplines of economics and business, law, and philosophy and theology for the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Flanders (Belgium), Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. No previous study has brought together data from such a wide range of comprehensive coverage national bibliographic databases.


With data on 272,376 peer-reviewed publications from the period of 2011–2014 analyzed, the study provides unique insight into the difference in publication patterns between and within fields. Authors observe that the publication patterns are stable and quite similar in West European and Nordic countries, whereas in Central and Eastern European countries the publication patterns demonstrate considerable changes. In all countries, the share of journal articles and the share of publications in English is on the rise.


The study shows that publication patterns differ both across fields (e.g. law differs from economics and business in the same way in Flanders and Finland) and across countries (e.g. publication patterns for law in the Czech Republic differ from those for law in Finland).


We welcome your comments on the observations made in this paper, which is freely available online here. Please leave your comments here or send them directly via email to Emanuel Kulczycki After leaving your comments you may also answer, if you like, three sets of questions concerning the valuation of national language publications and book publications in different research evaluation contexts.


We intend to discuss all comments in an online forum soon.


Emanuel Kulczycki, Tim Engels and Janne Pölönen on behalf of all co-authors.

There are 6 questions in this survey.