Evaluating the influence of a medical journal using Google Scholar
Abstract:This study shows how a journal's influence can be calculated by using citations obtained from Google Scholar and other methods even though the journal is not covered by any citation databases. Influence is measured in terms of foreign contributions, 'equivalent' immediacy scores of recent articles, and the calculation of citations and 'equivalent' impact factor. A total of 580 articles published in the Medical Journal of Malaysia (MJM) between 2004 and 2008 served as the sample. Very few foreign authors contributed to MJM (12.5%), implying its low regional acceptance as a channel for research communication. Immediacy scores for each year indicate citations were received by recently published articles. A total of 1,164 citations were received by 446 of the 580 articles and the main citing sources were journals (1,083) with reasonable h index and impact factor. Yearly impact scores ranged between 0.367 and 0.616. Higher impact factor scores were obtained by older articles.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2011
Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October.
Learned Publishing articles are available free online to members of ALPSP and SSP.
ALPSP members: log in to www.alpsp.org. If you do not have a password contact email@example.com
SSP members: log in to the Member Center using your membership username and password. Further information firstname.lastname@example.org
Learned Publishing will be moving to Wiley-Blackwell as of January 1, 2016. Please contact the publisher at email@example.com for information on how to continue access to this title.