Publication rate of presentation abstracts presented at the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC) annual meetings from 2004-2009

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Shaw, Christine
Szwajcer, Andrea
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Purpose: To determine the publication rate of Canadian health sciences librarians, post conference presentation. Discover barriers that prevent librarians from taking conference presentation to full publication. Assess the metrics available to librarians for scholarly output measurement by examining metrics, traditional and altmetrics, of articles resulting from conference presentation. Methodology: A survey using FluidSurveys was distributed via e-mail to authors of poster and papers presentation presented at Canadian Health Libraries Association/ Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) conferences from 2004 to 2009. A literature search for articles matching presentations in National Library of Medicine’s PubMed, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) was conducted to determine publication rate. Metrics of retrieved articles were gathered and analyzed to gage scholarly output of Canadian health sciences librarians. Findings: A publication rate of 31.5% was determined by literature search. Time restriction was the most common reported reason for not publishing. The altmetric analysis included 71 articles, of which 52% had at least 1 value in various metrics, with Mendeley counts being the most common value represented. Research Limitations: Not all survey respondents may be library science professionals, so that survey findings may not be generalizable to the Canadian health librarian profession. While every effort was made to find and confirm publications related to conference presentations, the reported publication rate may be either an over estimate or under estimate of the true rate. Current altmetric science is very dynamic and evolving. Value: This study provides a baseline publication rate, identifies barriers librarians face to publication and provides a glimpse into the state of metrics available to Canadian librarians for evaluation of their scholarly output.
librarianship, publishing, bibliometrics, altmetrics, publication rate, scholarly output
Shaw C.E., Szwajcer A. Publication rate of presentation abstracts presented at the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC) annual meetings from 2004-2009. Performance Measurement and Metrics 2016; 17(3): 252-262. doi: