Asadi, M; Shekofteh, M. 2009. The relationship between the research activity of Iranian medical universities and their web impact factor. ELECTRONIC LIBRARY 27 (6): 1026-1043.
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Asadi, M; Shekofteh, M. 2009. The relationship between the research activity
of Iranian medical universities and their web impact factor. ELECTRONIC
LIBRARY 27 (6): 1026-1043.
Author Full Name(s): Asadi, Maryam; Shekofteh, Maryam
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: Research; Medical schools; Worldwide web; Students; Iran
KeyWords Plus: INFORMATION; LINKS; DEPARTMENTS
Abstract: Purpose - The aim of this paper is to look at the relationship between
research in Iranian medical universities, together with their Web Impact Factor
Design/methodology/approach - The Altavista search engine was chosen
because of its advanced search facilities for counting links and having a wider
scope of academic web sites than other search engines. It was searched for
determining the number of pages, in-links and self-links of 42 web sites of
Iranian medical universities. The Web Impact Factor (WIF) was calculated by
two formulas and the relationship between the two grades of universities (WIF
and ISI) was calculated by using the Spearman's correlation coefficient.
Findings - Tehran, Iran and Gilan medical universities had the first to third
grade in the number of web sites' pages. The number of in-links to Tehran,
Isfahan and Tabriz medical universities was more than the others. The WIF of
universities' web sites was counted in four groups with regard to their number
of web pages and Kerman, Kermanshah, Fasa and Qom had the highest grades
of WIF in each group, but there was no meaningful relationship between WIF
grades and ISI grades. Also, the WIF of university web sites was counted with
regard to the number of their members in the four groups and the result shows
that Hormozgan, Shiraz, Isfahan and Tehran had the highest grade in each
group. Again, there was no meaningful relation between WIF grades and ISI
Research limitations/implications - It seems that counting the number of in-links
is a better scale for ranking university web sites than WIF. WIF is proposed
only in situations where the number of web pages is about equal.
Originality/value - The paper provides rankings, for the first time, of Iranian
medical university web sites with regard to WIF based on the number of the
web pages as well as on the number of the academic staff. The research
shows a methodology that others can follow.
Addresses: [Asadi, Maryam] Sharif Univ Technol, Cent Lib, Tehran, Iran;
[Shekofteh, Maryam] Shahid Beheshti Univ Med Sci & Human Serv, Paramed
Fac, Dept Lib & Informat Sci, Tehran, Iran
Reprint Address: Shekofteh, M, Islam Azad Univ, Tehran, Iran.
E-mail Address: shekofteh_m at yahoo.com
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