ERIC Number: EJ1146123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Better Together: An Examination of Collaborative Publishing between Librarians and STEM and Health Sciences Faculty
Higgins, Molly; DeVito, Jennifer A.; Stieglitz, Sally; Tolliver, Robert; Tran, Clara Y.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n86 Spr 2017
Collaborative research is standard practice in many academic disciplines as it has been shown to increase author productivity, article quality, and publication rate. Even so, little is known about publishing patterns among academic librarians and non-library faculty who have collaborated on research. With whom are academic librarians partnering? Are there certain subjects that lend themselves to collaboration opportunities between non-library faculty and librarians? This study attempts to fill that knowledge gap by examining the nature, trends, and subject matter of peer-reviewed articles co-authored by academic librarians and non-library faculty within STEM and the health sciences. We reviewed 13 peer reviewed journals over a decade, and identified 157 co-authored articles. Within this dataset, we found that collaborations are largely affiliated with doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Medicine) granting institutions where research activity is high (according to Carnegie classifications), with medical libraries and medical library journals, and in the context of collaborative instruction projects. Additionally, our data showed that ARL-affiliated librarians are more likely to publish multiple collaborative articles. Among all the collaborative articles identified, we found that the majority discussed library instruction or collaborative education projects. Other articles addressed issues related to library services and resources. Notably, we found that collaboration correlated most strongly with institution types and research areas rather than with individual institutions or individual librarians, suggesting that collaboration is a function of certain institutional characteristics and fields of study rather than individual author preferences.
Descriptors: Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Academic Libraries, College Faculty, Research, Faculty Publishing, Partnerships in Education, STEM Education, Health Sciences, Research Universities, Graduate Study, Medical Libraries, Library Services, Institutional Characteristics, Periodicals, Bibliometrics, Educational Trends
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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