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Cusker, Jeremy – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
In 2012, this author published a paper describing a method for using the raw data from Web of Science to examine the journals cited by any given group of researchers and then compare that list to lists of 'top journals' of similar disciplines. It was not a straightforward method to use and required a great deal of effort and spreadsheet work by a…
Descriptors: Citation Analysis, Citations (References), Bibliometrics, Evaluation Methods
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Cusker, Jeremy; Rauh, Anne E. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
Discussions of the potential of open access publishing frequently must contend with the skepticism of research authors regarding the need to pay author fees (also known as publication fees). With that in mind, the authors undertook a survey of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in physical science, mathematics, and engineering fields at two…
Descriptors: Periodicals, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys, Graduate Students
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Cusker, Jeremy – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Quantitative measurements can be used to yield lists of top journals for individual fields. However, these lists represent assessments of the entire "universe" of citation. A much more involved process is needed if the goal is to develop a nuanced picture of what a specific group of authors, such as an academic department, is citing. This article…
Descriptors: Science Materials, Bibliographic Databases, Periodicals, Comparative Analysis