A citation analysis of specialty dissertations in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences


Mina Tavassoli 1 , * , Nasrin Davaridolatabadi 2 , Mehraban Shahi 2

1 Instructor Department of Para Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Instructor Department of Medical Records, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Tavassoli M, Davaridolatabadi N, Shahi M. A citation analysis of specialty dissertations in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Hormozgan Med J. 2008 ; 12(3):e88970.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 12 (3); e88970
Published Online: May 01, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 09, 2005
Accepted: May 01, 2008


Introduction: Citation analysis is a branch of bibliometrics in which information
needs of users of a particular library can be assessed and therefore it can be used
as a tool in a library collection building. This study was conducted on cited
references of specialty dissertations in order to determine the reference type, their
half life and language.
Methods: Citation analysis on all the 55 specialty dissertations submitted to
Hormozgan university of medical sciences (HUMS) during 1997-2003
was conducted. Information on each cited reference, including reference type,
date of publication, and language were recorded. The results were compared to
the central library collection.
Results: As expected, English journals were the most heavily cited format: 57%
of all citations were English journal articles followed closely by English
textbooks with 25.08%. According to Bradford law core journals in this study
were 4 titles out of 236 journals which accounted for more than 16% of cited
references. Most cited references were in English (95.18%), and 4.19% of them
were in Persian. Overall, the half life of the cited references was 8 years.
Conclusion: Lack of enough cited references in Persian may be due to the
absence of Persian abstraction and indexing systems. By preparing a few numbers
of journals, residents would have access to a large number of the articles that
they need.



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