bibliometrics, Christianity, Journals


The Great Commission Research Journal, the subject of this investigation, is a relatively new journal with roots in the past. It is a successor to two previous publications from the American Society for Church Growth. A bibliometric analysis of the journal’s first ten volumes is presented on two levels. The first is a content analysis of the surface features of the publication such as the authors’ education, academic credentials, and employment, the number of full-length articles published, the subjects covered in each article, and other features such as the average length of articles, number of footnote references, and number of graphic representations. The second level of investigation, using citation analysis, focused on referenced authors, books, book chapters, and journal articles. Comparisons with past studies of religious journals were also made. Books are most frequently cited, and journal articles are relatively seldomly cited.