Students of biosciences and sports sciences may also find this brief introduction to MeSH terms useful.
The goal of the Open Access initiative is to make academic research freely and widely available, thereby improving the quality and frequency of future discoveries whilst enhancing your own impact and citation rate.
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Bibliometrics are data that help you to understand the impact of a piece of work based on how many times it has been downloaded or cited by other academics.
You can use journal bibliometrics to help you assess the quality and significance of information published by that journal.
As is the case with all data, bibliometrics can be a false friend, and must be carefully appraised in context when referencing them in any kind of research.
For instance, an article containing some very poor science may have a high citation index because it is referenced in many other papers as an example of bad practice. UCL has produced a thought-provoking list of bibliometric limitations here.
You can use the SCOPUS database to compare journals by impact factor that contain a keyword, such as "cell", "nature" or "cancer".
You can also use Web of Science to see the number of times an article has been cited by searching the reference of the article. Check the 'How do I access my university's databases?' box on the left hand side of this page to take a look for yourself.
Here are some reasons why you need to be using subject-specific databases in your research:
Each university maintains a list of databases which can be accessed by students and staff. The links on these pages are checked and updated regularly.
See also the electronic resources for science page for information on maps, collections of ebooks/journals and other resources which we have in addition to these searchable databases.
A comprehensive nursing and allied health research database, useful for Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy and Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Access to updated systematic reviews of the effects of health care, as well as a comprehensive database of clinical trials.
Provides info about journal articles and other documents on environmental issues.
Biomedical database maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, useful for all biological, medical and sport sciences. Medline can also be searched via Web of Science.
Comprehensive psychology database from the APA (American Psychological Association).
Very wide-ranging database which is described as the largest database of journal articles in the world.
International sport and fitness database provided by the Sport Information Resource Centre.
A wide-ranging database which searches the contents of the world's highest-quality journals in many disciplines. Web of Science also enables investigation into the relationships between different articles. You can also search life sciences database BIOSIS and biomedical database Medline through this interface.
Provides access to the British Library's electronic table of contents data for conference literature and journal articles across a wide range of subjects. Index only.
Accessed through Web of Science, this is a world leading source for animal biology.
This interactive resource will take you through the process step by step [University of Greenwich].