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Title:Relationship Between Political Alignment and Scientific Communication: A Bibliometric Study of Egyptian Science Publications
Author(s):Sattar, Abdus
Department / Program:Library Science
Discipline:Library Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Library Science
Abstract:This thesis reports the results of a bibliometric study of Egyptian science publications. Data for the study were collected through citation analysis. A total of 1182 Egyptian science papers were randomly selected from a variety of Egyptian and non-Egyptian sources. These papers contained 15,222 bibliographic references that formed the sample for the study.
Egyptian scientists mostly cited literature from the developed world. Citations to literature from third world countries, especially to neighboring Arab and Muslim countries, were infrequent. The comparison of citation proportions showed that citations to a particular bloc did not increase or decrease quite in accordance with the increase or decrease of political influence of that bloc. The changes in the citation proportions were not consistently correspondent to the changes in political influence. Therefore, the hypothesis that there exists a positive relationship between political alignment and citation behavior was rejected.
The citation behavior of Egyptian scientists was not found independent of the sources in which they published. They were more likely to cite sources from the countries and political blocs in which they published their papers than they were to cite these countries or blocs in other circumstances. Collaboration was also shown to be related to the citation behavior of Egyptian scientists. They cited more sources from the countries and political blocs of scientists with whom they collaborated than they did in other circumstances.
Further research is suggested to refine the results of the study by expanding the sample size or extending the scope of the study, and by replicating the research on the model of the present study for other countries such as Cuba, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and the East European countries.
Issue Date:1985
Description:156 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521873
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985

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