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Using SCOPUS To Study Citing Behavior For Collection Development. A focus on Psychology Research at the University of Houston. Irene Ke, MLS, MS Psychology & Social Work Librarian University of Houston email@example.com. Psychology Research at UH. A university in transition: Tier One initiative
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Using SCOPUS To Study Citing Behavior For Collection Development A focus on Psychology Research at the University of Houston Irene Ke, MLS, MS Psychology & Social Work Librarian University of Houston firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychology Research at UH • A university in transition: Tier One initiative • Psychology publication trend (University of Houston) Data source: SCOPUS
Project Goal: Gather evidence for collection decisions Objectives: To learn • How psychology researchers use information • Whether the library collection meets campus research needs
Essential questions • How psychology researchers use information • What journals were cited and how often? • Time range (age) of sources cited (Do old materials matter?) • Types of materials cited (Do books matter?) • Whether the library collection meets campus research needs • Does the library subscribe to the journals that researchers cited? • Do researchers use the journals provided by the library?
Methodology • Data Collection: • Citation data:SCOPUS • Strengths • Limitations • Usage data: COUNTER, Serials Solutions (Focus on journals only) • Download times • Papers included in the study: • Published by a UH researcher between 2000 to 2013 • Papers were classified to “psychology” as a subject in SCOPUS
Preliminary Finding I • Time range (age) of sources cited (Do old materials matter?): • “The year the cited source was published” minus “the year the citing paper was published” The peak time of an article being cited is between 1 to 8 years after its publication. 5 years Note: all source types are included in this analysis. It covers 6 years’ data: 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013
Preliminary Finding II How do campus researchers cite journals? • A wide range of journals were cited: • 543 journal titles were cited from 2002 to 2013 • Only a small portion of journals get cited often: • 33 titles were cited more than 100 times (about 6% of all cited journals) • 368 titles were cited equal to or less than 20 times (about 68% of all cited journals) • Most frequently cited journal: Journal of Applied Psychology (567 times)
Preliminary Finding II, Visual presentation How do campus researchers cite journals?
Preliminary Finding III • Do we subscribe to the journals that got cited? • The library has a great coverage of the journals that were cited often:
Preliminary Finding IV Does citation data aligns with usage (download) data? Citation (from Scopus) and usage data (from 360 Counter, Serials Solutions) comparison Number of times a title was cited in 2012 Number of times a title was downloaded in 2012 N=69 titles
Preliminary thoughts What are the implications? For collection development • Decisions on old materials • Build the “core” • Multidisciplinary approach • Citation data only tells a part of the story, other types of data are needed For outreach • Data proves our support to campus research (no apology anymore!) • Data helps us to communicate with faculty members
Work still in progress • Type of materials cited • Subject areas cited Questions? email@example.com