Aronsky D, Ransom J, Robinson K "Accuracy of references in five biomedical informatics journals" Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 12 (2): 225-228 MAR-APR 2005
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Title : Accuracy of references in five biomedical informatics journals
Author(s): Aronsky D, Ransom J, Robinson K
Source : JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION
12 (2): 225-228 MAR-APR 2005
Document Type: Article Language: English
Cited References: 29
References in articles from the first 2004 issues of five biomedical
informatics journals, Journal of the American Medical Informatics
Association Journal of Biomedical Informatics, International Journal of
Medical Informatics, Methods of Information in Medicine, and artificial
Intelligence in Medicine were compared with MEDLINE for journal, authors,
title, year, volume, and page number accuracy. If discrepancies were
identified, the reference was compared with the original publication. Two
reviewers independently evaluated each reference.
Results: The five journal issues contained 37 articles. Among the 656
eligible references, 225 (34.3%) included at least one error. Among the 225
references, 311 errors were identified. One or more errors were found in the
bibliography of 31 (84%) of the 37 articles. The reference error rates by
journal ranged from 22.1% to 40.7%. Most errors (39.0%) occurred in the
author element, followed by the journal (31.2%), title (17.7%), page (7.4%),
year (3.5%), and volume (1.3%) information.
Conclusion: The study identified a considerable error rate in the references
of five biomedical informatics journals. Authors are responsible for the
accuracy of references and should more carefully check them, possibly using
Addresses: Aronsky D (reprint author), Vanderbilt Univ, Med Ctr, Eskind Biol
Lib, Dept Biomed Informat, 2209 Garland Ave, Nashville, TN 37232 USA
Vanderbilt Univ, Med Ctr, Eskind Biol Lib, Dept Biomed Informat, Nashville,
TN 37232 USA
Meharry Med Coll, Sch Med, Nashville, TN 37208 USA
Meharry Med Coll, Sch Dent, Nashville, TN 37208 USA
E-mail Addresses: dominik.aronsky at vanderbilt.edu
Publisher: HANLEY & BELFUS INC, 210 S 13TH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107 USA
Subject Category: COMPUTER SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS; COMPUTER SCIENCE,
INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS; INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE;
IDS Number: 909EC
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