Impact of Article Page Count and Number of Authors on Citations in Disability Related Fields: A Systematic Review Article

Iranian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 1118-1125

8 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2016  

Abubakar Ahmed

University of Malaya (UM)

Mastura Adam

University of Malaya - Department of Architecture

Norafida A. Ghafar

University of Malaya (UM)

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM)

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Date Written: July 25, 2016

Abstract

Background: Citation metrics and total publications in a field has become the gold standard for rating researchers and viability of a field. Hence, stimulating demand for citation has led to a search for useful strategies to improve performance metric index. Meanwhile, title, abstract and morphologic qualities of the articles attract researchers to scientific publications. Yet, there is relatively little understanding of the citation trend in disability related fields. We aimed to provide an insight into the factors associated with citation increase in this field. Additionally, we tried to know at what page number an article might appear attractive to disability researchers needs. Thus, our focus is placed on the article page count and the number of authors contributing to the fields per article.

Methods: To this end, we evaluated the quantitative characteristics of top cited articles in the fields with a total citation (³50) in the Web of Science (WoS) database. Using one-way independent ANOVA, data extracted spanning a period of 1980-2015 were analyzed, while the non-parametric data analysis uses Kruskal-Walis test.

Results: Articles with 11 to 20 pages attract more citations followed by those within the range of zero to 10. Articles with upward 21 pages are the least cited. Surprisingly, articles with more than two authors are significantly (P<0.05) less cited and the citation decreases as the number of authors increased.

Conclusion: Collaborative studies enjoy wider utilization and more citation, yet discounted merit of additional pages and limited collaborative research in disability field is revealed in this study.

Keywords: Article page count, Bibliometric, Citation counts, Disability, Number of authors

JEL Classification: L11, L1, L2, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, P42, P24, P29, Q31, Q32, L17

Suggested Citation

Ahmed, Abubakar and Adam, Mastura and Ghafar, Norafida A. and Muhammad, Murtala and Ale Ebrahim, Nader, Impact of Article Page Count and Number of Authors on Citations in Disability Related Fields: A Systematic Review Article (July 25, 2016). Iranian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 1118-1125. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847478

Abubakar Ahmed

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Mastura Adam

University of Malaya - Department of Architecture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Norafida A. Ghafar

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://https://umresearch.um.edu.my/

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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