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  1. Alternative to the Science Citation Index impact factor as an assessment of emergency medicine's scientific contributions.

    Article, Communication - En anglais

    Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, USA, 1996/05.

    Study objective 

    The Science Citation Index « impact factor » is the only available quantitative estimate of a journal's scientific contributions.

    However, the derivation of this factor contains an intrinsic bias that underestimates the impact of emergency medicine journals.

    We wished to test the hypothesis that use of an alternative criterion standard would provide an improved profile of the scientific contributions of emergency medicine journals relative to those of other specialties.


    We used an observational, longitudinal, comparative design in which all Index Medicus citations from Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) publications were aggregated by journal and then stratified by specialty.

    Proportions and proportionate trends, relative to total citations, were reported by specialty, facilitating comparison of emergency medicine with other disciplines.


    Among all eight ACLS publications (1974-1994) 4,062 citations met the inclusion criteria.

    Emergency medicine journals were referenced in 16% of eligible citations (99% confidence interval [CI], 14% to 17%), a figure exceeded only by internal medicine and cardiology journals.

    Emergency medicine was the only discipline to show a significant proportionate increase in contributions over the 20-year study period (P<. 001 by X2 for linear trend analysis). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Evaluation, Effet consécutif, Index citation, Document publié, Spécialité médicale, Service urgence, Biais méthodologique, Rectification, Etude statistique, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Evaluation, After effect, Citation index, Published document, Medical specialty, Emergency department, Methodological bias, Rectification, Statistical study, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0095086

    Code Inist : 002B01. Création : 14/05/1998.