Modelled on the studies carried out by Jarvelin and Vakkari in 1990 and 1993, a content analysis is presented of library and information science (LIS) research in China from 1985 to 1994. Three samples of articles are considered: 1,930 articles published in core LIS journals in 1985; 2,447 articles published in 1990; and 2,665 articles published in 1994. The largest groups of articles from each year addressed the basic theory of LIS (26%-32%) and information service (20%-25%). The most popular research strategies employed were historical method (19%-25%) and 'not applicable' (14%-16%), whereas the least popular strategies were experiments (0.2%-0.5%) and survey methods (1.6%-4%). The main difference is that LIS research in China during these years tended toward theoretical research, compared with applied research that is more evident throughout the rest of the world.
Huanwen, C. (1996). A bibliometric study of library and information research in China. Asian Libraries, 5(2), 30–45. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.library.arizona.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lxh&AN=ISTA3300747&site=ehost-live