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Scholarly Use of Journals Offered Through the Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) Programs as Suggested by the Journal-Citing Patterns of Authors in the Leastdevel

Title: The Scholarly Use of Journals Offered Through the Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) Programs as Suggested by the Journal-Citing Patterns of Authors in the Leastdeveloped Nations.
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Name(s): Ross, Sheri V. T., author
Burnett, Kathleen, professor directing dissertation
DeHaven-Smith, Lance, outside committee member
Bertot, John, committee member
Stvilia, Besiki, committee member
School of Library and Information Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and the Access to Global Online Resources in Agriculture (AGORA) programs provide free access to academic journals through the internet to researchers in the developing world. The objective of the programs is to engage researchers in the scholarly communication process through the scholarly use of these journals. A measure of scholarly use of a journal by a researcher is the number of times the journal is cited by that researcher. A citation study was conducted to explore the patterns of use of these journals by researchers in eligible countries. Bibliographic data for citations made by researchers from 108 eligible countries for each year from 2000-2007 were downloaded from the Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index. The citation data were matched against HINARI and AGORA title lists in a database developed for this purpose. The frequency of citations made to journals in the AGORA and HINARI collections and the annual percent change in the frequency of these citations were analyzed for suggestions that the programs positively impacted the scholarly use of the journals by these researchers. The data treatment for each country, sub-region and region was guided by twelve research questions. Results were summarized and interpreted at the regional level. The data suggests that for some geographic groups, life science and agricultural researchers have become more engaged in formal scholarly communication since the initiation of the HINARI and AGORA programs and at a greater average percent change than other researchers. However, data for other geographic groups suggest that their researchers have not become more engaged in the scholarly communication process. Further research that couples these findings with other data will lend explanatory power to the results and inform future program planning for HINARI and AGORA.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1776 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the College of Information in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: August 4, 2008.
Keywords: AGORA, HINARI, Bibliometrics, Cultures of Scholarship, Scholarly Communication
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Kathleen Burnett, Professor Directing Dissertation; Lance DeHaven-Smith, Outside Committee Member; John Bertot, Committee Member; Besiki Stvilia, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Information science
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1776
Owner Institution: FSU

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Ross, S. V. T. (2008). The Scholarly Use of Journals Offered Through the Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) Programs as Suggested by the Journal-Citing Patterns of Authors in the Leastdeveloped Nations. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1776