The Critical Appraisal of the Papers Published in the "Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences", 2007-2010

AUTHORS

Mehrnoosh Kosaryan 1 , Khadijeh Rabiei 2 , *

1 Professor, Department of Pediatrics AND Thalassemia Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

2 General Practitioner, Traditional and Complementary Medicine Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Kosaryan M, Rabiei K. The Critical Appraisal of the Papers Published in the "Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences", 2007-2010, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2013 ; 7(2):77-82.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 7 (2); 77-82
Published Online: December 30, 2013
Article Type: Original Article
Received: April 14, 2012
Revised: May 18, 2012
Accepted: November 20, 2012
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Abstract

Objective: This study has been done in order to evaluate the papers published in the "Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences" from 2007 to 2010.

Methods: A questionnaire was developed according to the design, evidence level, and recommendations to write scientific papers. Validity was achieved by consulting experts. Reliability was tested by re-evaluation of 7 randomly selected papers, one month after the first evaluation by Pearson correlation coefficient (r = 0.8). Different parts of the paper, including title, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and references, were evaluated by a total of 47 questions. Each required item was judged as: appropriate, partially appropriate, not appropriate, and not applicable. SPSS software was used for descriptive analysis.

Results: From spring 2007 to summer 2010, 7 issues with 72 papers were published. The most frequent problem in the title was that one could not understand the design of the research by reading it. In the abstract part, in 90% of papers, time and setting of research were not mentioned. Statistical test was not mentioned in 70%, and reliability of the questionnaires was not mentioned in 70% of papers. The discussion part was the hardest part to judge and had few inappropriate issues, such as unnecessary repetition of introduction and/or results; in 20% of papers the conclusion was not appropriate based on the research design.

Conclusions: The evaluated papers had strong points, yet more effort is needed for them to approach excellence.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Kosaryan M, Rabiei Kh. The critical appraisal of the papers published in the "Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences", 2007-2010. Iran J Psychiatry Behave Sci 2013; 7(2): 77-82.

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