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Information 2015, 6(2), 162-182; doi:10.3390/info6020162

Analysis of Scholarly Communication Activities in Buddhism and Buddhist Studies

Department of Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering, Dongguk University, Manhae gwan 304-278, 30, Phildong-ro 1gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-715, Korea
Academic Editor: Willy Susilo
Received: 2 April 2015 / Revised: 24 April 2015 / Accepted: 28 April 2015 / Published: 4 May 2015
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Abstract

There is little knowledge regarding the exchange of academic information on religious contexts. The objective of this informational study was to perform an overall analysis of all Buddhism-related communications collected in the Web of Science (WoS) from 1993 to 2011. The studied informational parameters include the growth in number of the scholarly communications, as well as the language-, document-, subject category-, source-, country-, and organization-wise distribution of the communications. A total of 5407 scholarly communications in this field of study were published in the selected time range. The most preferred WoS subject category was Asian Studies with 1773 communications (22.81%), followed by Religion with 1425 communications (18.33%) and Philosophy with 680 communications (8.75%). The journal with the highest mean number of citations is Numen: International Review for the History of Religions—with 2.09 citations in average per communication. The United States was the top productive country with 2159 communications (50%), where Harvard University topped the list of organization with 85 communications (12%). View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; Buddhism; Buddhist studies; Web of Science; language and cultural biases religion; Buddhism; Buddhist studies; Web of Science; language and cultural biases
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