Blaise  Cronin

Blaise Cronin

Rudy Professor Emeritus of Information Science

Honorary Visiting Professor, City University, London; Edinburgh Napier University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Society for Information Science

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  • D.S.Sc. at The Queen's University of Belfast, 1998
  • Ph.D. at The Queen's University of Belfast, 1983;
  • D.Litt. (h.c.) at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh


Professor Cronin is the author/editor of more than 300 research articles, monographs, technical reports, conference papers, and other publications. Much of his research focuses on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, citation analysis, the academic reward system and cybermetrics - the intersection of information science and social studies of science. His books include The Citation Process (Taylor Graham, 1984), Post-professionalism (with Elisabeth Davenport; Taylor Graham, 1988), Elements of Information Management (with Elisabeth Davenport; Scarecrow, 1991), The Scholar’s Courtesy (Taylor Graham, 1995), The Web of Knowledge (Edited with Helen Barsky Atkins; Information Today, Inc., 2000), and The Hand of Science (Scarecrow, 2005). He has also published extensively on topics such as information warfare, information and knowledge management, competitive analysis, and strategic intelligence. Professor Cronin is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology.

Professor Cronin has considerable international experience, having taught, conducted research or consulted in more than 30 countries: clients have included the World Bank, NATO, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, U.S. Department of Justice, Brazilian Ministry of Science & Technology, European Commission, British Council, Her Majesty's Treasury, Hewlett-Packard Ltd., Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, Chemical Abstracts Service, and Association for Information Management. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at scores of conferences, nationally and internationally. Professor Cronin was a founding director of Crossaig, an electronic publishing start-up in Scotland, which was acquired in 1992 by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) in Philadelphia. In 1997, he was awarded the degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt., honoris causa) by Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh for his scholarly contributions to information science. In 2006 he received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Informations Science and Technology, the Society's highest honor.