Objectives: Guidelines recommend librarians design searches for systematic review research because of their advanced information skills. However, many published systematic reviews do not include librarian co-authors. Previous research revealed systematic reviews with librarian designed searches and librarian co-authors correlated with stronger methodology; our objective is to see if those systematic reviews with librarian co-authors also have higher citation impact scores.
Methods: We hypothesize published systematic reviews with librarian designed searches, and thus librarian co-authors, will have higher citation scores than those that do not include librarian co-authors because of their stronger methodology. A set of 630 systematic review citations, identified in a previous study comparing the methodology of systematic reviews with and without librarian co-authors, will be analyzed to determine if citation impact scores are higher for systematic reviews that include librarian authors. Relative citation ratio from iCites and field weighted citation impact scores from Scopus will be collected for all citations. We will compare citation metrics between systematic reviews that included librarians as co-authors and those that did not and report on the possible correlation between the inclusion of librarian authorship and higher citation scores.
Keywords: Systematic Reviews
Relative Citation Ratio
Field Weighted Citation Impact
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Susan A. Fowler is the Library Director at Washington University Brown School: Social Work and Public Health. Susan specializes in evidence based practice and research. Her current interests include creating reporting standards for systematic review search strategies and finding a pragmatic solution for search strategy peer review. She has co-authored several published systematic reviews and two book chapters on designing effective search strategies for systematic reviews. Susan is currently serving on the Library Advisory Board for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Clinical Resources Librarian
Bernard Becker Medical Library
St. Louis, Missouri
Angela Hardi, MLIS is a Clinical Resources Librarian at Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is involved with Becker Library’s successful systematic review program and is also a co-chair of the library’s education technology committee. Her other professional interests include instructional design, mobile medicine, and global health.
Scholarly Publishing Librarian
Bernard Becker Medical Library
Saint Louis, MO
Amy Suiter is a Scholarly Publishing Librarian at the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Amy serves as co-manager of the library's institutional repository and she provides support in the areas of copyright, public access mandates and evaluation of scholarly productivity and impact. She generates h-index reports, social network analysis maps, and publication reports for scholars and departments on campus. She is also a member of the Tracking and Evaluation Team for the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).
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