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|Title: ||Text to reference ratios in scientific journals|
|Authors: ||Little, Anne E.|
Harris, Roma M.
Nicholls, Paul T.
|Issue Date: ||1990|
|Citation: ||Egghe, L. & Rousseau, R. (Ed.) Informetrics 89/90, Belgium : Diepenbeek, p. 211-216|
|Abstract: ||I n 1987, Peter Junars, the editor of Limnology and Oceanography, reported that the ratio of printed pages of text t o nunber of references had decreased during the period 1980 to 1987. I n other
words, authors were using an increasing nunber o f references - an observation which was o f sane concern because Limnozoology and Oceanography
publishes only a fixed nunber of pages per year. I n the present study, an attempt was made t o detenine whether journals from other scientific disciplines (botany, physical chemistry, and
geology) were undergoing a similar change i n the ratio of text t o references. SCISEARCH, the online version o f Science Citation Index, was used t o obtain a random sample of 900 articles from 30 journals.
Contrary t o Jumars' findings, no significant changes were observed between 1980 and 1987 i n the ratio of text t o references. However,
overall article length did increase over the period studied.|
|Type: ||Proceedings Paper|
|Appears in Collections: ||Proceedings 1st International Conference on Bibliometrics and Theorectical Aspects of Information Retrieval - 1989|
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