Presentation on theme: "A focus on Psychology Research at the University of Houston USING SCOPUS TO STUDY CITING BEHAVIOR FOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT Irene Ke, MLS, MS Psychology."— Presentation transcript:
A focus on Psychology Research at the University of Houston USING SCOPUS TO STUDY CITING BEHAVIOR FOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT Irene Ke, MLS, MS Psychology & Social Work Librarian University of Houston
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: SCOPUSSCOPUS 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 The peak time of an article being cited is between 1 to 8 years after its publication. 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” Note: all source types are included in this analysis. It covers 6 years’ data: 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2012, years
Preliminary Finding II 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) How do campus researchers cite journals?
Preliminary Finding III The library has a great coverage of the journals that were cited often: Do we subscribe to the journals that got cited? Journals were cited≥ 21 times Journals were cited ≥ 100 times Number of titles17533 Number of titles that Library subscribes to (full access) % 92%100%
Preliminary Finding IV 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 Does citation data aligns with usage (download) data? N=69 titles
Preliminary thoughts 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 What are the implications?
Work still in progress Type of materials cited Subject areas cited Questions?