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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 142

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Poster Board Number: 142
Title: Rethinking the Analysis of Faculty Publications
Objective: Increasingly institutions are trying to analyze faculty productivity and track where they are publishing. Analysis by departmental output, journal titles, open access journals, and comparisons with peer institutions are now feasible using established search strategies and citation management software. The poster will feature how one health sciences library has been analyzing and presenting data for its institution.
Methods: The availability of author address information in the Web of Science database supported the development of complex search strategies to identify university publications. Once the citations were pulled into EndNote, it was easy to identify and mark the institutional authors, departments, divisions, and centers and to sort the citations for further analysis. Similar data were pulled for peer institutions. Based on data needed by administrators, the citations were analyzed for six prestige journals, top journals in each discipline, and overall productivity of a department. The benchmarking data for peers was used as a comparison. The data were also used to identify open access journals. More recently, the data were being requested for broader institutional uses by individual departments and campus planning for a repository of faculty publications.
Results: With the creation of a database of more than 3,500 citations, institutional publications can be analyzed to provide not only productivity measures of individual units and authors, but also to identify trends in terms of where authors are publishing (open access or traditional journals) and the major publications in which manuscripts appear. This information can also be useful in marketing the faculty expertise and the prestige of the institution as well as preparing documents for appointment and promotion. Through additional education, the library can help departments further customize the publication database for unique applications.
Conclusions: By using the advanced searching, training, and organizational skills of librarians, the library can provide a service that supports administrative decisions, faculty activities, and marketing functions of the university.
Authors: Virginia M. Carden, AHIP, Administrative Research Librarian; Emma Cryer, Electronic Resources and Serials Manager, Journal Services; Patricia L. Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Dean; Medical Center Library and Archives; Duke University, Durham, NC

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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