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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
Publisher: Elsevier
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/862
ISSN: 0-444-88460-2
Type: Proceedings Paper
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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