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Quantifying the research impact of the Sustainable Forest Management Network in the social sciences: a bibliometric study

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This research note presents the results of a bibliometric analysis that was conducted to better understand the impact that Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN) funded research had in the forest-related social and Aboriginal research communities. We applied two indicators of research impact: (i) research outputs and (ii) citations. Our results suggest that the SFMN’s research outputs were highest in the fields of economics, sociology, and political science and law. The number of research articles that acknowledged the SFMN was 30% of the total research output of the SFMN-funded Principal Investigators. These articles represented 3% of the social science articles published in the Forestry Chronicle (the journal most frequently used by SFMN-funded Principal Investigators). Research output related to Aboriginal forestry indicated that the SFMN had a significant influence on the development of the field. Our citation analysis indicated that the average number of citations per SFMN-acknowledged publication in the social sciences was approximately the same as the international impact standard in the field. These results suggest that the SFMN-funded research in the social sciences compared very well with the international research standards in forest-related social sciences.

Cette note de recherche expose les résultats d’une analyse bibliométrique effectuée afin de mieux comprendre l’impact des projets de recherche financés par le Réseau de gestion durable des forêts (RGDF) au sein des communautés scientifiques préoccupées par les aspects sociaux et les enjeux autochtones en foresterie. Nous avons utilisés deux types d’indicateurs pour mesurer l’impact de la recherche: (i) la production scientifique et (ii) les citations. Nos résultats montrent que la production scientifique du RGDF est la plus prolifique dans les domaines de l’économique, de la sociologie, de la science politique et du droit. Le nombre d’articles scientifiques qui reconnaissent la contribution du RGDF 30% de la production totale des chercheurs principaux financés par le RGDF. Ces articles constituent 3% des articles en sciences sociales publiés dans le Forestry Chronicle (la publication la plus fréquemment utilisée par les chercheurs principaux financés par le RGDF). La production scientifique reliée à la foresterie autochtone montre que le RGDF a eu une influence marquante sur le développement du domaine. Notre analyse des citations indique que le nombre moyen de citations par publication en sciences sociales attribuée au RGDF est approximativement le même que la norme internationale dans ce domaine. Ces résultats indiquent que la contribution scientifique du RGDF dans le domaine des sciences sociales se compare très bien aux normes internationales dans le domaine de la recherche en sciences sociales en lien avec la foresterie.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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  • Published since 1971, this monthly journal features articles, reviews, notes and commentaries on all aspects of forest science, including biometrics and mensuration, conservation, disturbance, ecology, economics, entomology, fire, genetics, management, operations, pathology, physiology, policy, remote sensing, social science, soil, silviculture, wildlife and wood science, contributed by internationally respected scientists. It also publishes special issues dedicated to a topic of current interest.
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