The concerns of authors: Textual analysis of online journal reviews

Ziqiong Zhang, Zili Zhang, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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This paper presents the results of an investigation of Chinese authors' attitudes towards, and concerns about, academic journals by analyzing their comments posted on a journal review Web site. The views of 338 authors about 13 Chinese academic journals in the library and information science field were collected. Using word frequency, word co-occurrence, and factor analysis, their comments were processed and the important factors extracted. The authors addressed a series of aspects regarding the journal itself, the review and publication process, and the service provided by editors. The paper provides a unique opportunity to understand Chinese authors' views using a direct source.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalSerials Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • Authors' concerns
  • Library and information science
  • Online journal reviews
  • Textual analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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