European Political Science

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 491–509 | Cite as

The development of political science in Central and Eastern Europe: bibliometric perspective, 1996–2013

  • Maja JokićEmail author
  • Andrea Mervar
  • Stjepan Mateljan


This research aims to develop a deeper insight into the development of political science from the bibliometric perspective by analysing peer-reviewed journal articles (n = 1117) indexed in the Scopus database and published by authors from fifteen Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries in the period 1996–2013. Results indicate that the majority of articles (84%) by CEE authors have been published in international journals and in the English language. The visibility of these articles in international journals, measured by the mean number of citations, is 5.2 per paper, while the same indicator for CEE journal articles amounts to 0.2. Authorship analysis indicates a gradual but continuous increase in co-authorships. Additionally, there are significant differences in citations between single-authored and co-authored articles, both in international and CEE journals. Co-authorship among CEE authors is present in only 1% of the analysed articles, confirming weak collaboration between political scientists in CEE countries.


Bibliometric analysis Central and Eastern Europe Political science journals 



This work has been supported by the Croatian Science Foundation under the project IP-09-2014-9351 (RACOSS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social Research in ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.The Institute of Economics, ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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