This pilot guide lists information resources on scholarly publication metrics, research quality methodology, and research quality. Note. The guide is under construction and new information is added.
Tmanova, L., & Sheehy, H. (2013). The effect of Internet access on usage for government information in scholarly scientific publication: Preliminary findings. Paper presented at the The Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA), Pittsburgh, PA.
Purpose: The study’s objective is to determine frequency and pattern of use of government information in core journals in the area of medicine and health sciences using citation analysis.
Methodology: The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Nursing, and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition American from the years 1995-2010 were examined. Government documents were identified and analyzed as to provenance from federal, state, local, international (intergovernmental), and foreign national government agencies as well as specifically from the CDC and World Health Organization. Citation analysis was used to assess the impact of web-based electronic resources on the frequency of citation of government information.
Results: Citations of federal and international government information across all journals showed an increase. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Journal of Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine showed the highest citation rates for materials from the federal government generally. The most frequently cited materials were from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
Conclusion: Electronic access to library resources clearly facilitates scholarly research. Preliminary results of this study indicate that online access to federal and international government information increases its citation in journals literature. State, local and foreign national government information showed little change and reasons for this remain to be explored.
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