Publication productivity and citation analysis of the medical journal of Malaysia: 2004 to 2008

Ademola, Sanni Shamsudeen (2011) Publication productivity and citation analysis of the medical journal of Malaysia: 2004 to 2008. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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The very few studies that address the publication and citation practices among researchers in the medical fields in Malaysia motivated this study. This study adopted bibliometric methods to examine article productivity and citation analysis of the oldest medical journal in Malaysia, Medical Journal of Malaysia (MJM) from years 2004 to 2008 using data extracted from the Malaysian Abstracting and Indexing System (MyAis) database. A total of 580 papers were analyzed. The result indicates that MJM sustained consistent publication productivity with at least 100 to an average of 116 papers per year. A total of 2177 authors singly or jointly contributed articles and author‘s productivity pattern conforms slightly to Lokta’s law of author productivity. Most productive authors are senior medical researchers affiliated to higher institutions and foreign contribution was very small (6.20%), as most of the papers were contributed by Malaysians (88.96%). More than 90% of the papers were joint-authored with 3 authorship being the highest pattern of collaborative work. High degree of collaboration index of 0.9 was observed using Subramayam’s formula. Most collaboration were between institutions within Malaysia. Analysis of keywords indicated active contributions in topics such as diabetes, cancer, endoscopy, hypertension, and tuberculosis. Only 61 original research articles acknowledge funding, mainly from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations as well as universities own research funds. The average number of references used per year is 1391 citations, while the average number of citation per article is 12. Most cited references are from scholarly journals (87.67%). The age of citations used were mainly about 1 to 11 years old (63.87%) with publications of over 20 years, still being referenced suggesting the longevity of the usefulness of works published in the medical field. Through Bradford’s law, analysis of journals cited indicated the proportion of number of journals in the three productive zones is 43: 210: 1270, in the ratio 1: 5: 25. The core journals revealed 22 titles. Citation to MJM articles were obtained from Google Scholar which revealed that 76.8% of all the articles have been cited at least once both by main stream as well as Malaysian journals and the citing authors came from seventy six different countries. MJM recorded its highest Impact Factor (IF) in year 2007 (0.616) followed by 2006 (0.456), 2009 (0.378) and 2008 (0.367), while the result of a five years IF is 0.577.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 02:46
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 02:46

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