Collaboration between health sciences librarians and faculty as reflected by articles published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association
Keywords:Collaboration, Authorship, Publishing
AbstractA recent study by Higgins and colleagues reports that the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) had the highest percentage of articles with both librarian and faculty coauthors out of 13 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, engineering, and medicine librarianship and education between 2005 and 2014. A deeper and updated analysis of JMLA research articles and case studies published between 2008 and 2017 revealed that 29% of articles had both librarian and faculty coauthors. The main topics of librarian-faculty collaboration, as described in these articles, were related to patient and consumer health information and clinical information-seeking and decision-making by health care providers. Most faculty coauthors came from the disciplines of biomedical or health informatics and biostatistics and library and information science. The publication of these articles in the JMLA provides evidence of health sciences librarians’ and information specialists’ ability to collaborate with faculty members to advance the knowledgebase and practice of librarianship and the health sciences.
Higgins M, DeVito, JA, Stieglitz S, Tolliver R, Tran CY. Better together: an examination of collaborative publishing between librarians and STEM and health sciences faculty. Issues Sci Technol Libr. 2017 Spring;89.
Read KB, Amos L, Federer LM, Logan A, Plutchak TS, Akers KG. Practicing what we preach: developing a data sharing policy for the Journal of the Medical Library Association [editorial]. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018 Apr;106(2):155–8. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2018.431.
Deardorff A. Tableau (version 9.1) [review]. J Med Libr Assoc. 2016 Apr;104(2):182–3. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2016.75.
Chang YW. Exploring the interdisciplinary characteristics of library and information science (LIS) from the perspective of interdisciplinary LIS authors. Libr Inf Sci Res. 2018 Apr;40(2):125–34.
Rethlefsen ML, Farrell AM, Osterhaus Trzasko LC, Brigham TJ. Librarian coauthors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;68(6):617–26.
Lorenzetti DL, Rutherford G. Information professionals’ participation in interdisciplinary research: a preliminary study of factors affecting successful collaborations. Health Inf Libr J. 2012 Dec;29(4):274–84.
Fonseca VP, Viator VP. Escaping the island of lost faculty: collaboration as a means of visibility. Collab Libr. 2009;1(3):81–90.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.