Jacobs G, Ip B. "Ring fenced research: the case of computer-assisted learning in health sciences" BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 36 (3): 361-377 MAY 2005
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Title: Ring fenced research: the case of computer-assisted learning in
Author(s): Jacobs G, Ip B
Source: BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 36 (3): 361-377 MAY 2005
Document Type: Article Language: English
Cited References: 21
Interdisciplinary research is being promoted in many quarters as the way
forward, but "research islands" still persist. Taking computer-assisted
learning (CAL) within health sciences as a case in point, this paper
describes a detailed study of the references to source material within
papers published in general medical, specific nursing and general
information and communications technology journals as pointing to papers
published either in the same category of journal or journals of other
categories. The results show that research within this area exhibits a
disquieting inbred approach. Furthermore, there is clear evidence of a
tendency amongst the papers examined to cite research published in journals
with broadly the same impact factors as the journal in which the papers
themselves are published. A discussion of the value of journal impact
factors, which are a crude but useful index of the quality of journal, and
their possible effect on the future of research in CAL within health
sciences is embedded in the paper.
Addresses: Jacobs G (reprint author), Univ Coll Swansea, Sch Management,
Swansea, W Glam SA2 8PP Wales
Univ Coll Swansea, Sch Management, Swansea, W Glam SA2 8PP Wales
E-mail Addresses: g.c.jacobs at swan.ac.uk
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL LTD, 108 COWLEY RD, OXFORD OX4 1JF, OXON, ENGLAND
IDS Number: 914DF
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