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Study suggests social science journal articles are on the rise while scholarly book publishing is on the decline

Although academic journal articles are known to be published in greater numbers each year, the number of scholarly book and monograph publications is vastly understudied.

In a study published in PLOS A, a team of researchers found that articles from social science journals are on the rise. However, scholarly works relating to the social sciences are dwindling.

During the study, the researchers examined a multitude of publishing patterns from more than 1,500 academic departments within nearly 300 US research universities.

According to the study authors: “Across all disciplines, journal articles per person increased between 3% and 64% between 2011 and 2019, while books per person decreased by at least 31% and as much as at 54%”.

“Our study sample was limited to research universities that offer the Ph.D. degree in the United States. Faculty employed by many non-doctoral students. Granting universities also regularly publish research results and are likely also influenced by community practices, prestige, external evaluation and the increasing use of quantitative research methods.

“Future research could seek to expand the sample of universities to include these institutions,” the researchers suggested.

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