Based upon a secondary analysis of the bibliometric survey of journals in the social sciences and the humanities conducted by the CNRS, this article analyses the degree of openness or closure of seven disciplines (sociology, anthropology, political science, economics/management, history, philosophy, law). It distinguishes between two dimensions : the openness toward other disciplines (indicated by the relative number of references to extra-disciplinary journals) and international openness (indicated by the relative number of references to non-francophone journals). Using these indicators, we show that the weight of intra-disciplinary indicators is still important, and that the more one moves up in the rankings of the journals, the more citations refer to the journals within the discipline. Nothing therefore indicates the “end” of the disciplines and the emergence of a transdisciplinary regime. Yet, the weight of “disciplinarity” varies according to the disciplines, and opposes disciplines closed upon themselves (in particular economics/management, law)to more open disciplines (sociology). Similarly, international openness also varies considerably, from disciplines that are not very national (economics/management) to more national disciplines (law, sociology). In these cases, however, cited journals are not “transnational“ or “international,” but actually bi-national, i.e. French or American.
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