Does advisors’ disciplinary background affect LIS doctoral students’ publishing productivity and quality?

Fei Shu, Charles-Antoine Julien


The purpose of this study is to investigate LIS doctoral students’ publication since the 1960s and measure the impact of LIS doctoral advisors’ disciplinary background on their publication productivity and quality. After analyzing the LIS doctoral graduates’ publications since the 1960s, we found that LIS doctoral students supervised by advisors with non-LIS background publish more research that is cited more often.

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