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dc.creatorPotter, Jonathan
dc.descriptionHighlights: This study updates Reed's 1999 study and presents a comparative analysis of the findings. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy has been a dominant force in the literature for many years but is beginning to give ground to newer journals and journals from outside the United States. Nine journals are identified as the most-cited core literature of the field; among these the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders stands out as an indicator of autism's prominence as a subject of current interest in the literature. MEDLINE provides the best overall coverage of the literature. CINAHL provides comprehensive coverage of the nine core journals. Implications: Librarians should review database access and subscriptions to highly cited occupational therapy journals. Researchers cannot rely on MEDLINE for comprehensive coverage of core titles. Practitioners and researchers should consult this study to determine which journals merit close attention.en_US
dc.description.abstractObjectives: This study updated Reed's 1999 “Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy.” An analysis of citation patterns and indexing coverage was undertaken to identify the core literature of occupational therapy and to determine access to that literature. Methods: Citations from three source journals for the years 2006 through 2008 were studied following the common methodology of the “Mapping the Literature of Allied Health Project.” Bradford's Law of Scattering was applied to analyze the productivity of cited journals. A comparative analysis of indexing was conducted across three bibliographic databases. Results: A total of 364 articles cited 10,425 references. Journals were the most frequently cited format, accounting for 65.3% of the references, an increase of 4.1% over the 1999 study. Approximately one-third of the journal references cited a cluster of 9 journals, with the American Journal of Occupational Therapy dominating the field. An additional 120 journals were identified as moderately important based on times cited. CINAHL provided the most comprehensive indexing of core journals, while MEDLINE provided the best overall coverage. Conclusions: Occupational therapy is a multidisciplinary field with a strong core identity and an increasingly diverse literature. Indexing has improved overall since 1999, but gaps in the coverage are still evident.en_US
dc.publisherJournal of the Medical Library Association
dc.rightsIn copyright
dc.rightsPublicly accessible
dc.subjectCitation analysis
dc.subjectOccupational therapy journals
dc.subjectBradford's Law
dc.titleMapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update
dc.description.citationPotter, Jonathan. Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update. Journal of the Medical Library Association, July 2010, 98 (3) 235-242. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.98.3.012.

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    This collection features educational and research materials created by Jonathan Potter, Director at WSU Libraries Spokane.

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