NEW POLISH BIBLIOLOGICAL AND LIBRARIAN PERIODICALS IN THE LIGHT OF THE CURRENT MINISTERIAL GUIDELINES CONCERNING THE EVALUATION AND SCORING OF SCIENTIFIC PERIODICALS
Both the academic community and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education are interested in Polish scientific periodicals, their condition, value and methods of assessment. The need for assessment of scientific periodicals is commonly accepted; what is criticised is the way in which they are assessed, in particular the use of parametric methods. Representatives of exact sciences and natural sciences widely believe that the best measure of quality of a publication is the so-called ISI Master Journal List. Representatives of the humanities do not entirely share this view.
Since 1998 the Ministry of Science and Higher Education has been publishing A list of selected periodicals with scores..., which is a component of a parametric assessment of publications of Polish academic institutions, affecting their classification and amount of subsidies. In addition, it is to be an indicator of prestige and a guarantee of high quality of publications.
The author discusses the procedure for creating the ministerial lists of periodicals and the criteria used in the assessment of periodicals, pointing to those solutions that may raise justified objections.
The list of scored periodicals for 2011–2012 includes fourteen periodicals dealing with library science and scientific information. The author examines their profile and the process of adaptation to the ministerial requirements of three of these periodicals: „Toruńskie Studia Bibliologiczne,” „Rocznik Bibliologiczno-Prasoznawczy” and “Z Badań nad Książką i Księgozbiorami Historycznymi.”