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on Biomedical librarianship
Issue of 2018‒12‒30
eleven papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society


  1. Telemed J E Health. 2018 Dec 26.
    Liu S, Zhang R, Lu X.
      BACKGROUND: A growing number of patients have increasingly used health websites to search and gather health information. Nevertheless, few studies have focused on the driving factors of internet health information quality from the perspective of psychology. Accordingly, this study explores how the attitudes of individuals toward health websites affect their perceived quality of internet health information through the mediation of seeking behavior on treatment information by employing regulatory focus theory.MATERIALS AND METHODS: We defined six hypotheses that both trust in health websites and expectancy of health websites have a positive impact on emerging and conservative treatment-related online health information seeking; emerging treatment seeking has a negative impact on internet health information quality; and conservative treatment seeking has a positive impact on internet health information quality. Emerging treatment refers to some therapies based on new technologies or research, which is barely used, whereas conservative treatment is more common among the medical field. An online survey involving 336 valid participants was conducted in China. In the research model, all variables were measured using multiple-item scales, and structural equation modeling was employed for testing the hypotheses.
    RESULTS: The expectancy of health websites significantly affects conservative and emerging treatment-related online health information seeking, but trust in health websites does not. Moreover, trust in health websites strongly affects the expectancy of health websites, and attitudes toward health websites have a strong effect on conservative treatment-related online information seeking. The effect of conservative treatment-related online health information seeking was considerably larger than that of emerging treatment-related online health information seeking on perceived quality of internet health information.
    CONCLUSIONS: From the perspective of health websites operators and public hospitals, conservative treatment and online service might be worth providing and improving. Cooperation between health websites and hospitals might be a good choice.
    Keywords:  e-health; expectancy of health websites; internet health information; regulatory focus theory; seeking behavior; telemedicine; trust in health websites
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2018.0217
  2. Early Hum Dev. 2018 Dec 20. pii: S0378-3782(18)30725-4. [Epub ahead of print]
    Cuschieri S, Vassallo J.
      Publishing scholarly work is a requisite in academia. Identifying a suitable journal for a particular paper can be difficult. Authors need to initially establish whether they want to publish in a subscription-based or an open access journal, which requires a clear understanding of the pros and cons of both options as well as issues relating to copyright licences. Establishing specific journal selection criteria ranging from whether to publish in a general or a specialised journal to the publication frequency of the journal is essential. A number of web-based tools are available that can facilitate this selection process.
    Keywords:  Manuscripts; Publishing; Selection
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.12.006
  3. Heliyon. 2018 Dec;4(12): e01052
    Apuke OD, Iyendo TO.
      Most prior studies into the utilization of internet technology for learning purposes in contemporary educational settings in developing countries has largely dealt with its impact on academic performance, communication and general educational purposes. This paper investigates the place of the internet in academic research and learning of students, through both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, using 250 undergraduate students in three selected universities within North-Eastern Nigeria. To gain an in-depth understanding of the perception of the students' views, a focus group was conducted with 18 students. The students perceived that the lack of digital readiness among their staff and institution, the absence of electronic library for easy accessibility to journals from the scientific database, and inefficient cybercafé and internet facility within their university settings were the main issues discouraging the utilization of the internet within their institutions. Yet, they still strive to find ways through self-organization, resilience and resourcefulness to make use of the internet to facilitate their studies. Most of them stated that they depended on their smartphone/handsets to access the internet through subscription from other internet providers and have become overly reliant on Google, Yahoo, and open access e-Journals. Nevertheless, the students believed that the use of internet enabled them to perform research ahead of time, tackle multiple homework, widens the scope of reading and learning, promotes self-learning, encourages and enhances peer learning as well as ameliorates student's examination preparation.
    Keywords:  Computer science; Education; Information science
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e01052
  4. Biochem Med (Zagreb). 2019 Feb 15. 29(1): 010201
    Malički M, Utrobičić A, Marušić A.
      Introduction: As MEDLINE indexers tag similar articles as duplicates even when journals have not addressed the duplication(s), we sought to determine the reasons behind the tagged duplications, and if the journals had undertaken or had planned to undertake any actions to address them.Materials and methods: On 16 January 2013, we extracted all tagged duplicate publications (DPs), analysed published notices, and then contacted MEDLINE and editors regarding cases unaddressed by notices. For non-respondents, we compared full text of the articles. We followed up the study for the next 5 years to see if any changes occurred.
    Results: We found 1011 indexed DPs, which represented 555 possible DP cases (in MEDLINE, both the original and the duplicate are assigned a DP tag). Six cases were excluded as we could not obtain their full text. Additional 190 (35%) cases were incorrectly tagged as DPs. Of 359 actual cases of DPs, 200 (54%) were due to publishers' actions (e.g. identical publications in the same journal), and 159 (46%) due to authors' actions (e.g. article submission to more than one journal). Of the 359 cases, 185 (52%) were addressed by notices, but only 25 (7%) retracted. Following our notifications, MEDLINE corrected 138 (73%) incorrectly tagged cases, and editors retracted 8 articles.
    Conclusions: Despite clear policies on how to handle DPs, just half (54%) of the DPs in MEDLINE were addressed by journals and only 9% retracted. Publishers, editors, and indexers need to develop and implement standards for better correction of duplicate published records.
    Keywords:  authorship; duplicate publication; published erratum; retraction of publication; scientific misconduct
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.11613/BM.2019.010201
  5. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2018 Dec 27.
    Medeiros MRB, de Mello Alves Rodrigues AC, Alves MR, Silva RCFE, Felício LFF, Carneiro LSF, Fagundes DF, Machado S, Monteiro RS.
      To investigate trends in the scientific evolution of the journal CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets in the neuroscience scope, we compared the contribution of publications between this journal and others from different geographical regions of the world. To track research output we conducted a bibliometric analysis of neuroscience research based on the SCimago Journal and Country Rank® from 2003 to 2017. Journal rankings were verified according to the following inclusion criteria: journals publishing the neuroscience scope and sub-areas; geographical location and journal trajectory. Additionally, the total number of original, peer-reviewed and conference articles was analyzed using bibliometric tools. Results showed that Europe, North America and the Middle East have been the greatest contributors of neuroscience publications. Nevertheless, there is a huge discrepancy in the number of magazines per region. Until 2017, Europe was on top with 85 magazines in the neuroscience field. Moreover, research on neuroscience displayed a swift expanding trend, with significant growth in recent years. In spite of CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets being a recent journal, it is an international journal emphasizing quality and innovations, and it is a hallmark on the scientific production in neuroscience. Research articles on the scope of the potential role of endocannabinoid systems in central appetite control and in obesity management, and the potential of minocycline use in schizophrenia are paramount examples of innovation. Final results will help scientific researchers to know the current interests in neuroscience and provide useful information for further investigation and publication strategies.
    Keywords:  Neuroscience; bibliometric analysis; citation index; geographical regions.; journals; trends
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.2174/1871527318666181227123924
  6. BMC Bioinformatics. 2018 Dec 28. 19(Suppl 17): 495
    Shen J, Vasaikar S, Zhang B.
      BACKGROUND: Due to recent technology advancements, disease related knowledge is growing rapidly. It becomes nontrivial to go through all published literature to identify associations between human diseases and genetic, environmental, and life style factors, disease symptoms, and treatment strategies. Here we report DLAD4U (Disease List Automatically Derived For You), an efficient, accurate and easy-to-use disease search engine based on PubMed literature.RESULTS: DLAD4U uses the eSearch and eFetch APIs from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to find publications related to a query and to identify diseases from the retrieved publications. The hypergeometric test was used to prioritize identified diseases for displaying to users. DLAD4U accepts any valid queries for PubMed, and the output results include a ranked disease list, information associated with each disease, chronologically-ordered supporting publications, a summary of the run, and links for file export. DLAD4U outperformed other disease search engines in our comparative evaluation using selected genes and drugs as query terms and manually curated data as "gold standard". For 100 genes that are associated with only one disease in the gold standard, the Mean Average Precision (MAP) measure from DLAD4U was 0.77, which clearly outperformed other tools. For 10 genes that are associated with multiple diseases in the gold standard, the mean precision, recall and F-measure scores from DLAD4U were always higher than those from other tools. The superior performance of DLAD4U was further confirmed using 100 drugs as queries, with an MAP of 0.90.
    CONCLUSIONS: DLAD4U is a new, intuitive disease search engine that takes advantage of existing resources at NCBI to provide computational efficiency and uses statistical analyses to ensure accuracy. DLAD4U is publicly available at http://dlad4u.zhang-lab.org .
    Keywords:  Drug-disease association; Gene-disease association; Information retrieval; Literature mining; Web application
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-018-2463-0
  7. Chronic Obstr Pulm Dis. 2018 May 07. 5(3): 158-166
    Mahler DA, Cerasoli F, Della L, Rudzinski M.
      Background: Little is known about patients' use of the internet to search for information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their perspectives on disease content on websites. Objectives: To determine the interests and behavior of patients with COPD who search the internet for disease information and to assess their perspectives about 2 COPD educational websites. Methods: Individuals with COPD who had registered for a consumer panel were invited electronically to participate in a survey which included general use of the internet, online health behaviors about COPD, and assessment of 2 COPD educational websites. Results: A total of 445 respondents completed the survey in 23 ± 12 minutes (72% response rate). A total of 95% reported that physicians were the primary source of information about COPD followed by internet searches about the disease (76%). The 3 major information priorities were "symptom control" (82%), "how COPD is affecting my body" (60%), and "treatments that might work better for me" (59%). Overall ratings (range, 1 - 10) were 7.4 ± 1.5 for the American Lung Association and 6.8 ±1.8 for the COPD Foundation websites. Ratings by respondents were higher for all 5 impression attributes and for 8 of 9 content attributes on the American Lung Association website compared with the COPD Foundation website. Conclusions: This report describes, for the first time, information priorities of patients with COPD about their disease and their assessment of 2 educational websites. Our survey results can be used by health care professionals to recommend online resources to their patients.
    Keywords:  COPD websites; breathlessness; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; copd; exacerbations; internet
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.5.3.2017.0134
  8. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2019 ;15 1-14
    Liu X, Liu N, Zhou M, Lu Y, Li F.
      Purpose: We aimed to build a model to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate publications of research of spinal cord injury rehabilitation from 1997 to 2016.Methods: Data were obtained from the Web of Science Core Collection on October 6, 2017. We conducted a qualitative and quantitative analysis of publication outputs, journals, authors, institutions, countries, cited references, keywords, and terms by bibliometric methods and bibliometric software packages.
    Results: We identified 5,607 publications on rehabilitation of spinal cord injury from 1997 to 2016, and found that the annual publication rate increased with time. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published the largest number of literature, the most active country was USA, the most active institution was University of Washington, and Post MWM was the leading author. Keyword analysis indicated that life satisfaction, muscle strength, wheelchair training, walking, gait, and others were the hot spots of these research studies, whereas classification, exoskeleton, plasticity, and old adult were research frontiers.
    Conclusion: This bibliometric study revealed that research on rehabilitation of spinal cord injury is a well-developed and promising research field. Global scientific research cooperation is close. However, higher quality research is needed. Our findings provide valuable information for researchers to identify better perspectives and develop the future research direction.
    Keywords:  cited reference analysis; co-citation network; journal analysis; keywords co-occurrence network; scientific collaboration network
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S163881
  9. Nurse Educ Pract. 2018 Dec 05. pii: S1471-5953(18)30095-7. [Epub ahead of print]34 192-198
    Terry J, Davies A, Williams C, Tait S, Condon L.
      Developing competence in digital literacy is an important component of health professional education in order to increase confidence in accessing best evidence for clinical practice. Regulators of pre-registration nursing programmes in the UK have stipulated an increasing number of digital competencies that will be required by future nurses. The teaching of digital literacy skills may be achieved through a range of methods, including didactic, experiential and peer-taught approaches. The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have developed the NICE student champion scheme (NICE SCS) to train health care students to deliver digital literacy sessions on using the NICE Evidence Search engine to peers. This scheme has previously been evaluated from the perspective of medical and pharmacy students, but there has been no published evaluation of the experiences of nursing and midwifery students. In this study focus groups were used to explore the experiences of those who acted as NICE student champions. Findings were that student champions experienced benefits, which ranged from greater facility in using the search engine and a better understanding of accessing resources and information about evidence-based care. Student champions described improvements in their presentation skills and knowledge, despite some challenges in facilitating sessions.
    Keywords:  Digital competence; Digital literacy; Midwifery; NICE; Nursing; Peer learning; Peer-led teaching
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2018.11.016
  10. Int J Ophthalmol. 2018 ;11(12): 1994-1998
    Liu L, Li Y, Zhang GS, Wu JY, Majithia S, Tham YC, Zhang H, Chen L.
      AIM: To identify the most-cited articles in ophthalmic epidemiology over the last decade.METHODS: We performed a cited reference search on articles that were included in the ISI Web of Science database using the terms "Epidemi*" AND "ophthalm*" AND "population*" during year 2006 to 2016. TOP 100 most cited articles (T100) in ophthalmic epidemiology were short listed and analysed using bibliometrics.
    RESULTS: These top 100 articles in ophthalmic epidemiology were cited between 61 to 333 times. Of these T100 articles, 36% originated from United States, and 34% were published in the Ophthalmology journal. The three major topics identified were age-related macular degeneration (AMD, n=23), glaucoma (n=16) and visual impairment (n=12). The top-cited article was a study on outdoor activities and its association with the prevalence of myopia in school-aged children, published in 2008.
    CONCLUSION: This bibliometric analysis provides useful insights into the current development in ophthalmic epidemiology in the past decade and can help recognizing the quality of the researches, discoveries, and trends steering ophthalmic epidemiology.
    Keywords:  article; bibliometric analysis; citation; epidemiology; ophthalmology
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.18240/ijo.2018.12.19
  11. Data Brief. 2019 Feb;22 30-40
    Prasojo LD, Fatmasari R, Nurhayati E, Darmadji A, Kusumaningrum FA, Andriansyah Y.
      This data article presents an important bibliometric dataset of ten Indonesian leading educational universities. These ten Indonesian leading educational universities are Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Universitas Negeri Malang (UM), Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES), Universitas Negeri Surabaya (Unesa), Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY), Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM), Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ), Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), Universitas Negeri Medan (Unimed), and Universitas Negeri Gorontalo (UNG). Using Scopus database search analysis, this data article collects data on documents per year, subject area of documents, source title of documents, documents type, country/territory, author name and number of documents, affiliation and most cited documents for each universities.
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2018.11.128