ERIC Number: ED229045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
A Bibliometric Study of the Relationship of Number of Journals Scanned and Number of Relevant Headings Used in the Index to Number of Citations Retrieved in Searches of Political Science Secondary Services.
Five abstracting and indexing services covering the field of political science were examined in order to ascertain if a causal relationship exists between how they are structured and how effective they are in producing citations on a given topic. Using the topics of communism, democracy, elections, and revolution, two hypotheses were formulated and tested. Hypothesis A postulated that the number of article citations for a given topic would rise in relation to an increase in the total number of journals covered by an abstracting and indexing publication. Hypothesis B postulated that the number of article citations for a given topic would rise in relation to an increase in the number of subject headings used for that topic. Data for each service during 1978 were tabulated. As a measure of correlation, a Pearson's r was calculated for each topic for both hypotheses. For hypothesis A none of the topics had a statistically significant level of correlation. The topics communism and revolution were found to be correlated after testing hypothesis B; that is, as the number of communism and revolution subject headings used by the services increased so the number of article citations increased. A 14-item bibliography concludes the report. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bibliometrics; Journal Articles
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