21 research outputs found

    Using Social Media for Marketing Library Services in Libraries of Iran, Tehran, and Shahid Beheshti Medical Universities

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    Introduction: The use of social media for marketing library services of academic libraries is growing day by day. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of social media in marketing services of libraries of Iran, Tehran and Shahid-Beheshti universities of medical sciences. Methods: The study used a survey method. The questionnaire was used for data collection. The study population included all librarians working in the libraries of Iran, Tehran and Shahid-Beheshti universities of medical sciences with at least a bachelor's degree in librarianship. Descriptive and analytical statistics were used to analyze the data by Spss24 software. Results: The status of using social media for marketing library services in libraries of Iran, Tehran and Shahid-Beheshti universities of medical sciences, based on 4P marketing mix, was as follows: in price components (cost-benefit) with an average of 2.4, location (social media) with an average of 2.36, product (library services) with an average of 2.29, and promotion components with an average of 2.27. Their level of use in all four components was relatively unfavorable. Conclusion: Due to the unfavorable level of using social media for marketing library services in these universities, it is necessary to encourage more effective planning to hold retraining and in-service courses in the areas of marketing, social media tools and content production in these media to encourage medical Librarians to know and use these tools in library services

    Citation Analysis and Visualization of Iranian Urology and Nephrology Scientific Publications

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    Introduction: Urology and nephrology are the main sub-categories of internal medicine, and relevant research had been grown in recent years.  The present study aimed to analyze the Iranian scientific publications in urology and nephrology indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) from 1900 to 2020. Methods: This cross-sectional and scientometric study was conducted in 2021. The urology and nephrology records were extracted from the Web of Science Core Collection (WSCC) with a time limitation from 1900 to 2020. Data analysis was performed in the Excel software in terms of descriptive statistics, and the scientific maps were visualized in VOSviewer. Results: Until 2020, 3439 urology and nephrology scientific publications by Iranian researchers were indexed in the SCIE. These articles had received 25393 citations in total, with an h-index of 55. More than half of the articles (56.12%) were original, and the majority were published in 2012 (345; 10.03%). Tehran University of Medical Sciences was the most productive and top-cited organization on urology and nephrology, with 914 (26.57%) documents and total citations of 7741. Kajbafzadeh (140; 4.07%) and Basiri (133; 3.86%) were the most productive authors. The most productive journals were the Iranian Journal of Kidney Disease (650; 18.90%) and the Urology Journal (386; 11.22%). Conclusion: The results demonstrated increasing of Iranian scientific publications, citations, co-authorship, and international collaboration. While the authors published their articles in higher ranking journals, more significant research budgets and open scientific diplomacy are necessary to promote visibility and motivate international collaboration among Iranian researchers

    Highly cited publication performance in the ophthalmology category in the Web of Science database: a bibliometric analysis

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    AIM: To determine and evaluate the features of highly cited articles (HCAs) in the ophthalmology category in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) from 1991 to 2020. METHODS: The Web of Science Core Collection documents with at least 100 citations from their publication year until December 31, 2020, were evaluated as highly cited. The examined features were the distribution of yearly output and its average number of per publication, HCAs, authors, institutions, journals, and nations. The publication performance of nations and organizations was assessed using six publication indicators. The Y-index was employed to compare the research outputs of various authors. RESULTS: Publications that had cited the most references were highly published in high-impact factor journals. The United States of America came out on top across all six publication indicators, and it was home to eight of the top 10 most productive institutions. The articles written by Breivik et al (2006) and Farrar et al (2001) were highly cited and had a significant impact in 2020. The authors had a higher number of highly cited articles published as corresponding authors than as first authors. CONCLUSION: The findings of the present study highlight the current scope of global research in ophthalmology. The findings can help policy-makers and advisory groups of research centers to develop future policies. In addition, the findings can guide researchers in this field

    Comparative Study of Research Performance and Innovation-Industry Indicators in National and International University Ranking Systems

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    Introduction: There are different national and international university ranking systems in the world which rank universities in terms of numerous metrics. Previous studies have investigated some educational and research indicators, but research and innovation metrics have not yet been compared. The present study aimed to compare research performance and innovation-industry indicators in the national and international university ranking systems based on measured dimensions, data extraction sources, and find the highest innovational and research-oriented ranking systems than others. Methods: This cross-sectional study covered the 2020 edition of each ranking, and the data were collected in January 2021. According to the inclusion criteria, 20 national and international university rankings were selected among 75 ranking systems. This study used a thematic method for data analysis. Results: Among 20 included university rankings in the study, 17 were international and three national university rankings that all have research performance indicators, and seven of them applied innovation-industry indicators. The highest research-oriented rankings were CWTS, NTU, U.S. News, URAP, and Research Excellence Framework. The highest innovative-industrial-oriented rankings were U-Multilink and Scivision. The U-Multilink and the Scivision were the most research and innovative-industry-oriented rankings, among others. Conclusion: The international university rankings are more innovational and research-oriented than national rankings. So, the national university rankings must introduce new national research and innovation-industry indicators for their universities' performance evaluation

    Establishing an Online Writing Center for Health Professions Education

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    Purpose: This study aimed to identify the commonly-used modules of Online Writing Centers worldwide to establish the first Online Writing Center in the context of health professions education in Iran. Design/methodology/approach: This observational study was conducted during 2019-2021. In the initial round of search, we identified 61 eligible OWCs whose websites comprised 14 common modules. Then, we searched the top universities according to 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking. We probed the modules of the writing centers of the included universities by using a Google form. We identified the modules repeatedly appearing on the websites of the writing centers, and then reviewed the content of each module in order to find a common label which could later be used for constructing our online writing center. Findings: Our final search yielded 26 universities with 22 common modules. The researchers came to a consensus about the modules to be included and the labels assigned to them. Finally, a website was created, and the modules were included. Value of paper: Online Writing Centers scaffold students by giving feedback on word choice errors and assist them in producing grammatically accurate texts. The Online Writing Centers being designed based on the findings of this study can assist many researchers who intend to publish their scientific findings in English

    Status of Central Libraries at Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences for Joining an Integrated Network of Medical Libraries

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    The aim of the study is to offer integrated access to information and data sources in the libraries of Iranian universities of medical sciences (UMS) as an important feature enhancing the quality and quantity of research. Thus, it is essential to study the status of Iranian libraries of UMS in terms of integration features. Accordingly, the main objective of the present study was the identification of integration in libraries of Iranian UMS in terms of metadata, digital contents, software, hardware, and human force. The quantitative study was conducted with an analytic survey method. The statistical population consists of 66 Iranian UMS, of this, 59 libraries completed the researcher-made questionnaire. To ensure the accuracy of data, interviews and, in some cases, observations were also performed. Statistical estimates of frequency, percentage, cumulative frequency, and diagrams were utilized for data analysis. The results demonstrated that the library software programs of UMS do not have a desirable status in terms of content, human force, software infrastructure, and integration features. These libraries enjoyed an optimal status in terms of hardware which was, however, not properly used. To create integrated access to the contents of libraries of Iranian UMS, it is essential to provide the required infrastructure, including integration features, human force, and appropriate contents such as the metadata and digital contents of data source

    Perceived ŮŹSkill Level of Librarians Working at Libraries of Tehran Medical Universities

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    Introduction: This study conducted to assess the discipline specific and general skill level of librarians working in libraries of the top three Iranian medical universities in Tehran. Methods: The survey was carried out among all 115 librarians working in the libraries of Iran, Tehran and Shahid-Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and one-way ANOVA. Results: The participants’ perceived skill level in discipline specific set of skills was relatively unsatisfactory in total while their skill level in general skills was relatively satisfactory. The mean scores of the participants’ skill level in six categories of discipline specific skills were as follows: “health sciences environment” (M=2.55), “information services and health sciences resources” (M=3.19), “health information resources management” (M=3.47), “technology and information systems” (M=2.87), “user education” (M=2.80), “research methods” (M=2.67)). The total mean score for general skills was also 2.97 and 3.03. There was a significant relationship between the mean scores of both discipline specific and general skill levels with variables such as the educational level, age and university degree. Furthermore, a statistically significant relationship between work experience and discipline specific skill level was confirmed (P \u3c0.05). Conclusion: Considering the unsatisfactory level of the librarians’ discipline specific skills and the significant relationship between the degree of education and the level of discipline specific and general skills, more effective planning is needed for the training of the required skills, revising the curriculum, and planning for in-service training for LIS professionals

    Social Marketing in Health-related Settings with an Emphasis on the Role of Knowledge Brokers

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    The role of the knowledge brokers as a human component has shown that by increasing human communication, there is a probability of changing behavior in the knowledge interpreters. The familiarity of knowledge brokers in health-related settings with the concepts of social marketing and gaining the skills to use it will result in favorable outcomes for promoting community health, collaboration, creating communication between stakeholders, facilitating collaboration, creating good knowledge products, and sharing information. &nbsp

    The Mental Health Status of Librarians in Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences

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    Human resource is an organizational capital and its mental health is one of the most important dimensions. The mental health has a significant effect on performance of staffs. The current research aimed to examine the mental health and its dimensions in librarians of Shahid Sadoughi university in 2016. This is a descriptive-analytical study with correlational design among librarians working in libraries of Shahid Sadoughi university. Goldberg & Hiller general health questionnaire was used to evaluate general health of librarians. Data were then analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent T test, variance analysis, and Pearson correlation coefficient through SPSS software version 19. Results indicated that the mean score of librarians' general health was 22.8±10.38 which shows that participants were healthy. Furthermore, marital status was associated with health and its components so that married individuals were less healthy. Depression rate of librarians was low but most of them suffered from physical problems, anxiety, sleep disorders, and social conflicts. Therefore, librarians' authorities should  consider such problems and develop strategic plans for them.&nbsp
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