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Historisk tidskrift i nutid och framtid: Några reflektioner över läsarsynpunkter, bibliometri och Open Access
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2008 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 128, no 4, 601-620 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

In this article the author recounts his experiences as editor of Historisk tidskrift. The starting point is a poll of the journal’s readers presented at the triannual meeting of the Swedish Historical Association in Lund in April 2008. Readers told that they read Historisk tidskrift primarily in order to be up to date on Swedish historical research. The journal reflects fairly well the research interests of Swedish historians, although improvements can be made in this respect. Concerns for the need to internationalise research and to improve one’s qualifications increasingly govern how Swedish historians publish. This affects the attitude to Historisk tidskrift, which is regarded as too provincial. These and other issues are discussed by the author.

The second part of the article discusses two partly intertwined issues of significance to the journal’s future: Bibliometrics and Open Access. The author is sceptical about bibliometric analyses and points to methodological difficulties in applying such measures to the humanities. Nevertheless, Historisk tidskrift will have to take bibliometrics into account. The author is favourably disposed towards Open Access. However, several problems need to be solved before Historisk tidskrift can become an Open Access journal. If the journal looses its subscribers, alternative sources of funds has to be found to pay for editorial work. Before this is done, the present form of publication has to be retained.

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Stockholm: Svenska historiska föreningen , 2008. Vol. 128, no 4, 601-620 p.
Keyword [en]
Historisk tidskrift, scholarly journals, bibliometrics, Open Access
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15082OAI: diva2:181602

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