Volume 7 Issue 2 (2011)

Introducing a Concept Hierarchy for the Journal of Research Practice

Werner Ulrich
University of Fribourg, SWITZERLAND; Lugano Summer School, SWITZERLAND
D. P. Dash
Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, MALAYSIA; Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar 751013, INDIA
Published November 16, 2011
  • concept hierarchy,
  • taxonomy,
  • indexing system,
  • index term,
  • keyword,
  • metadata
  • ...More


With this issue of the Journal of Research Practice, we initiate a conceptual framework for thinking and writing about research, defining areas of editorial focus, and indexing work published in the journal. The framework takes the form of a concept hierarchy that offers index terms at three interrelated levels: (1) focus areas for reflection on research practice within which the journal aims to achieve excellence and strengthen its profile and visibility, (2) subject areas relevant to research practice that the journal aims to cover and in terms of which it defines its focus areas, and (3) keywords for capturing the content of research work done in these subject areas or for reflecting and writing about it. Focus areas are characterized by assigned subject areas; subject areas are characterized by assigned keywords. The concept hierarchy is part of a more comprehensive initiative to strengthen the journal's profile and visibility, an initiative that will also include a restructuring of the editorial team and new roles for the journal's dedicated reviewers and active readers. The article introduces an initial version of the concept hierarchy, explains its intended use and further development, and situates it in the larger effort of which it is a part.