Correlation between co-authorship and number of citations in Iranian English language journals of ministry of health, indexed in Web of Science (2005-2011)

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Seyed Javad Ghazi Mirsaeid 1 , Masoud Mohammadi 2 , Abbas Aghaei 3 , Babak Rastgari Mehr 4 , Elham Ehsani Chimeh 5 , Komeil Kolbadi Nejad 6 , Mohammad Mahboubi 7 , *

1 Health Information Management Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Dept. of Library and Information Sciences, School of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran

3 School of Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

4 Abadan University of Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran, Iran

5 Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran

6 Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran

7 Abadan University of Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran

How to Cite: Ghazi Mirsaeid S J, Mohammadi M, Aghaei A, Rastgari Mehr B, Ehsani Chimeh E, et al. Correlation between co-authorship and number of citations in Iranian English language journals of ministry of health, indexed in Web of Science (2005-2011), J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2015 ; 18(12):e70730. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v18i12.2187.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 18 (12); e70730
Published Online: March 29, 2015
Article Type: Original Article
Received: November 19, 2014
Accepted: February 10, 2015
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Abstract

Background: Academic collaboration is sharing the expertise, resources and abilities by researchers. This study examined academic collaboration among the authors of articles published in Iranian English language journals of ministry of health, indexed in the Web of Science and its correlation with article citations, 2005-2011.

Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytical and cross-sectional study. The data were collected using a researcher-designed checklist. The study population was 6388 articles from 21 Iranian English language journals of ministry of health, indexed in the Web of Science. Data were collected by referring to each journal and counting the number of authors and citations allocated to any article. The obtained data were analyzed by SPSS and Excel software.

Results: A total of 6388 articles published in 21 journals were analyzed according to the intended criteria. %17.8 of journals was monthly, %19.6 was tow-monthly and% 62.7 was quarterly. On average, 4.37 authors collaborated in writing each article. The mean of collaborative coefficient was 0.67. There was positively significant correlation between the number of authors and the number of citations to each article.

Conclusion: The academic collaboration among the authors of examined articles enjoyed a favorable status, which is indicative of spirit of teamwork among the Iranian researchers. However, the rate of citations to articles in the examined journals was not in a good condition; hence, the factors affecting citation to articles, especially academic collaboration between researchers should be taken into consideration.

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Academic collaboration collaborative coefficient citation Web of Science

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