Raf Vanderstraeten

Communication patterns in educational science: an analysis of scientific journal publishing in the Netherlands

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In the modern scientific disciplines, scholarly journals fulfil a key role. Journals both secure the shared values of a scientific community and endorse what that community takes to be certified knowledge. Publications in scholarly journals have become the basic units of scientific communication in a discipline. Against this background, I analyse in this paper the evolution of the leading scholarly journal in the field of education in the Netherlands, viz. Paedagogische Studiën [Studies in Education]. I pay particular attention to the changing role of the editorial board of the journal, and to the use of citations in this journal in the period 1920–1975. Because of the close relationship between journal and discipline, this analysis highlights basic characteristics of the patterns of communication in educational science in the Netherlands.