ERIC Number: ED390418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Journal Use by Hospital Resident Physicians in a Research Paper Competition: A Citation Analysis.
In an era of spiraling costs, librarians must carefully assess literature use among their patron groups when making decisions on selection, deselection, and storage of journals. A citation analysis was conducted using a group of 52 papers submitted by research physicians at the Summa Health System (Akron, Ohio) for a research award competition during the years from 1993 to 1995. The study investigates the use ratio of journals to books, the age of the journal articles, the country of publication and the language of the cited journal articles, and the citation patterns of the residents in regard to use of general journals, specialty journals in their own field, or specialty journals in other fields. Out of 869 citations, 91.3% of them referred to journal articles, with 252 separate journal titles represented. While only 43.1% of the journal articles were published since 1990, 69% of the books were in this category. Most of the journals, 82.1%, were published in the United States and 11.3% were published in England. All but two articles were written in English. General medical journals were cited 11.7% of the time, specialty journals in the resident's own field 31.9% of the time, and journals in other specialties 54.5% of the time. Of the cited journals, 30% of them appeared on consulted lists of core medical subscription recommendations, and 43% of them were carried by the Summa libraries. Six tables accompany the data, and four appendices provide lists of cited journals and citation count worksheets. (Contains 55 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.