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Saturday, June 18 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Determining the Value of Theological Journals

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Which journals are most valuable in the discipline of theological studies? There are several ways to determine the value of a journal: citation analysis, usage, and professional interest just to name a few. There have also been a handful of projects that rate journals on what is called the impact factor (derived using citation analysis), the most popular being Thomson Reuter’s Journal Impact. While many of these are great resources, they tend to look primarily at the hard or social sciences. When they do cover theological journals, they typically do not include journals that theological librarians would consider mainstream.
The purpose of this project was to track journal citations and implement citation analysis to answer this question. This project tracked ten years of citation data from ten journals and analyzed the data: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Criswell Theological Journal, Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vetus Testamentum, Novum Testamentum, Journal of Biblical Literature, Master’s Seminary Journal, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. This presentation will provide an overview of this project and discuss some of the results.

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Garrett Trott

Librarian, Corban University

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Saturday June 18, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
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