'Interdisciplinarity' and 'Synergy' in the Œuvre of Judit Bar-Ilan
22 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 24, 2020
Both “interdisciplinarity” and “synergy” are desirable features from a policy perspective: can surplus be found in the interactions among (disciplinary) bodies of knowledge? We have recently developed measures for “interdisciplinarity” and distinguished these measurements from those of “synergy.” In this study, we analyze three review papers by Judit Bar-Ilan (2001, 2004, and 2008a) in terms of whether they rank high on interdisciplinarity and synergy values among the 130 papers of her œuvre. Review papers can be expected to fulfill a synergetic and perhaps also interdisciplinary function in scientific literature more than research articles, since the literature is considered from a broader perspective. Both the interdisciplinarity and synergy indicators point to Bar-Ilan (2004). Whereas Bar-Ilan (2008a) contributed to the redefinition and shaping of the discipline of “information science,” Bar-Ilan (2004) added the broader perspective of the theoretical and practical relevance of the discipline. Bar-Ilan (2001) may have been mis-classified as a review by the provider of the Web-of-Science because the word “review” appears in the title. An article of Bar-Ilan (2002) in Library Trends scores also high on synergy.
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Synergy, Priority Programs, Reviews, Measurement, Redundancy
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