Xiaotian Chen

Xiaotian Chen

Professor, Electronic Services Librarian

    Library 102
    (309) 677-2839


M.L.S., Library and Information Science, University of Oklahoma
M.A., Political Science/Int'l Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma
Diploma of Graduate Study, Applied Linguistics, Nanjing University
B.A., English, Nanjing University


Bradley University: Electronic Services Librarian, Professor (June 2020-); Associate Professor (June 2007-May 2020); Assistant Professor (Jan 2002-May 2007).

Library subject liaison areas: Business College, World Languages and Cultures.

Ranked #14 in "Top 20 Librarian Authors Worldwide" by the journal Scientometrics (April 2015, Volume 103, Issue 1, pp 301-327, posted online Dec. 2014). Ranked #129 overall in the world, when non-librarians are included, in ranking worldwide contributors to the literature of library and information science.

Featured in the 1/25/2002 Chronicle of Higher Education story “Once-Trustworthy Newspaper Databases Have Become Unreliable and Frustrating”.
Interviewed by Inside Higher Ed on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's New York Times v. Tasini district court ruling. Inside Higher Ed article “No Stranger to Higher Ed” quoted his comments, in May 2009.

Interviewed and quoted multiple times by the world top journals Nature and Science, on scholarly publishing and journal publishing ethics, such as "Big-name scientists surprised to find themselves on journal board" (Science, April, 2021), "Top Chinese scientist faces questions about publications" (Science, Nov, 2019, V. 366, No. 6469), and "China’s clampdown on fake-paper factories picks up speed" (Nature, October 2021) .


Areas of Research Interest

  • Electronic resources management
  • Bibliometrics
  • Database content
  • Scholarly journal publishing
  • Open Access journals


Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

31 total; 22 as a single author; among the 9 co-authored, 7 as the corresponding author; 26 research articles and 5 columns.

  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2023). ChatGPT and Its Possible Impact on Library Reference Services. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 27 (2), 121-129.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2022). EBSCO Collections’ Discoverability Rate by Ex Libris’ Central Discovery Index (CDI). Collection Management. 48 (2), 84-96. Indexed by ESCI of Web of Science.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2021). Social Media in the Post-Truth and Political Manipulation Era: Let’s Re-debate Michael Gorman Vs. Web 2.0. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 25 (1-2), 1-7.
  • Liu, X. & Chen, X. (2021). Authors’ Non-Institutional Emails and Their Correlation with Retraction. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 72 (4), 473-477. (Chen as the corresponding author). Indexed by SSCI.
  • Hamlett, L, O’Neill, T, & Chen, X. (2019). Various Ways of Collecting EZproxy Usage Statistics. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 24 (1-2), 31-51. (Chen as the corresponding author. Online publishing date Nov 2020).
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2019). Beall’s List and Cabell’s Blacklist: A Comparison of Two Lists of Predatory OA Journals. Serials Review. 45 (4), 219-226. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2019). Scholarly Journals Publication Frequency and Number of Articles in 2018-2019. Publications. 7 (3). 58. Indexed by ESCI of Web of Science.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2019). High Monetary Rewards and High Academic Article Outputs: Are China’s Research Publications Policy Driven? Serials Librarian. 77 (1-2), 49-59.
  • Liu, X. & Chen, X. (2019). CJK Languages or English: Languages Used by Academic Journals in China, Japan, and Korea. Journal of Scholarly Publishing. 50 (3), 201-214. (Chen as the corresponding author) Indexed by SSCI and A&HCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2018). Calling Out Fake News on Social Media: A Comparison of Literature in Librarianship and Journalism. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 23 (1-2), 1-13.
  • Liu, X and Chen, X. (2018). Journal Retractions: Some Unique Features of Research Misconduct in China. Journal of Scholarly Publishing. 49 (3), 305-319. (Chen as the corresponding author) Indexed by SSCI and A&HCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2016). A Middle-of-the-Road Proposal amid the Sci-Hub Controversy: Share “Unofficial” Copies of Articles without Embargo, Legally. Publications. 4 (4), 29-33. Indexed by ESCI of Web of Science.
  • Chen, X, & Olijhoek, T. (2016). Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool. Serials Review. 42 (2), 108-115. (Chen as the corresponding author). Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2015). Questionable University-sponsored Supplements in High-impact Journals. Scientometrics. 105 (3), 1985-1995. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Renaville, F., Branse, Y., Chen, X., & Needleman, M. (2015). SFX Miscellaneous Free E-journals Target: Usage Survey among the SFX Community. Serials Review. 41 (2), 58-68. (Chen as the corresponding author) Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2014). Open Access in 2013: Reaching the 50% Milestone. Serials Review. 40 (1), 21-27. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2013). Journal Articles Retrieval in an Age of Open Access. The Journal of Web Librarianship. 7 (3), 243-254. Indexed by ESCI of Web of Science
  • Chen, X and O'Kelly, K. (2013). Taking Issues Column: Cross-Examining Google Scholar. Reference and User Services Quarterly. 52 (4), 279-282. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2012). Broken-Link Reports from SFX Users: How Publishers, Vendors and Libraries Can Do Better. Serials Review. 38 (4), 222–227. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2012). Google Books Assessments: Comparing Google Books Content with WorldCat Content. Online Information Review, 36 (4), 507-516. Indexed by SCI and SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2010). Google Scholar’s Dramatic Coverage Improvement Five Years after Debut. Serials Review, 36 (4), 221-226. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2010). The Declining Value of Subscription-Based Abstracting and Indexing Services in the New Knowledge Dissemination Era. Serials Review, 36 (2), 79-85. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2010). Blog Archiving Issues: A Look at Blogs on Major Events and Popular Blogs. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15 (1), 21-33.
  • Chen, X & Wynn, S. (2009). E-Journal Cataloging in an Age of Alternatives. Serials Librarian, 57 (1-2), 96-110. (Chen as the corresponding author).
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2007). Web-Exclusive Articles in Traditionally Print Periodicals. Serials Review, 33 (4), 224-230. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2006). Overlap between Traditional Periodical Indexes and Newer Mega Indexes. Serials Review, 32 (4), 233-237. Indexed by SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2006). MetaLib, WebFeat, and Google: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Federated Search Engines Compared with Google. Online Information Review, 30 (4), 413-427. Indexed by SCI and SSCI.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2005). Figures and Tables Omitted from Online Periodical Articles: A Comparison of Vendors and Information Missing from Full-text Databases. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 10 (2), 75-88.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2004). Assessment of Full-Text Sources Used by Serials Management Systems, OpenURL Link Resolvers, and Imported E-journal MARC Records. Online Information Review, 28 (6), 428-434. Indexed by SCI and SSCI.
  • Chen, X, Colgan, L, Greene, C, Lowe, E and Winke, C. (2004). E-resource Cataloging Practices: A Survey of Academic Libraries and Consortia.  Serials Librarian, 47 (1-2), 153-179.
  • Chen, Xiaotian. (2002). Embargo, Tasini, and “Opted Out”: How Many Periodical Articles are Missing from Full-Text Databases. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 7 (4), 23-34.


  • 2020- Editor, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal by Taylor & Francis Group.
  • 2013- IGeLU/ELUNA Content Working Group (formerly SFX KnowledgeBase Advisory Board).
  • 2014-2021 Editor, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • 2022- IGeLU/ELUNA Alma Product Working Group.
  • 2016-2019 Commercial Products Committee, The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
  • 2013-2016 SFX System Committee, The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
  • 2006-2009 I-Share Users Group, The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
  • 2003-2004 Digital Library Products Committee, Illinois Library Computer System Organization (ILCSO). The committee investigated, evaluated, and selected 3 digital products for state-wide purchase: OpenURL link resolver, federated search engine, and digital collection management system.
  • 2003 Cataloging Electronic Resources/Electronic Resource Display in OPAC Task Force, Illinois Library Computer System Organization (ILCSO).