On the more scholarly side of numismatics, there are the papers published in journals. Len Augsburger submitted these thoughts on a
recent article reviewing the appearance of numismatic articles in journals. Written by Francois de Callatay, it's titled How Poor
are Current Bibliometrics in the Humanities? Numismatic Literature as a Case Study. -Editor
The article is from the recently published American Journal of Numismatics (vol. 26). The author makes some interesting points:
The coverage of numismatics in the most popular citations indexes (Scopus, Web of Science, ERIH) is very low. These search engines are
periodical-focused whereas numismatics has many sources outside periodicals (exhibition and auction catalogs, books, conference
proceedings). The author estimates the coverage at 2%.
Self-citation in numismatic journals is very high – not necessarily good or bad by itself (although self-citation is sometimes
associated with “gaming” the system in order to boost search results), but demonstrates a degree of “self-sufficiency” that may highlight a
need for more inter-disciplinary approaches.
The age of quoted literature in numismatics is much higher on average than in the humanities. The author is not especially alarmed and
points to the static nature of old auction catalogs, a large corpus of important 19th century literature, and the International Survey of
Numismatic Research, which is published only once every six years.
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