The raw data needed to be cleaned, since, in Web of Science, the same journal could be listed under two or more titles; for example, what is now the .
These authors looked at the 'The majority of citations fell into the tools and techniques category with information storage and retrieval... accounting for 47% of the total (Cronin and Pearson, 1990, p. At the same time, Hewins (1990) drew attention to the fact that research into information needs and uses was carried out in a number of disciplines, other than information science, noting, particularly, work being carried out in psychology and computer science.
Her aim, however, was to draw the attention of information science researchers to that work, rather than to explore how the research topic had spread into those disciplines.
More recently Julien, Pecoskie and Reed (2011) also considered the diffusion of research in other fields into information behaviour research, in their review of the literature from 1999 to 2008. 21), a significant expansion compared with the situation in 2000 (Julien and Duggan, 2000).
Again, Wilson (1997) reviewed research on the phenomenon in a number of disciplines, including the health sciences, psychology, consumer behaviour, and information systems.
The aim of this paper is to explore the extent to which concepts of information behaviour have been adopted within other disciplines, to the extent allowed by quantitative analysis of Web of Science data. Searches were carried out in Web of Science in each decade from 1960 to the present day and the results analysed by the journals publishing related papers and by the research areas of these journals. The 'Analyze Results' feature of Web of Science was used to provide quantitative analysis of the results, by journal title and by research area. While papers on information behaviour appear in more than one hundred disciplinary areas, the distribution is concentrated in a very limited number of areas and is otherwise thinly spread over the remaining disciplines. Scholars in many disciplines have explored the information needs and information behaviour of those working in the discipline, or whom the disciplines serves.
However, the concentration of interest is found in the health and medical sciences, computer science and information systems, communication and media studies, and psychology.
This study, being preliminary in nature, is most closely related to that of Jacobs, although reasons for the extent and character of diffusion will be advanced. This resulted in a total of 4,059 papers being retrieved.
To focus the results further, the same query was used in only the Title field, on the assumption that this would result in papers that dealt with the topic as the main subject, while a search in the Topic field would also retrieve papers that simply mentioned the subject without it being the main subject of research.
Over this decade, 34 per cent of these papers (i.e., 12) were published in seven journals and the (1 paper).
The remaining 23 papers were distributed over fifteen journals in the following fields: psychology (14 papers), social science (3 papers), health-related (2 papers), journalism (2 papers), and marketing (2 papers).