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The prevalence and inaccessibility of Internet references in the biomedical literature at the time of publication.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17213493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and inaccessibility of Internet references in the bibliography of biomedical publications when first released in PubMed.
METHODS: During a one-month observational study period (Feb 21 to Mar 21, 2006) the Internet citations from a 20% random sample of all forthcoming publications released in PubMed during the previous day were identified. Attempts to access the referenced Internet citations were completed within one day and inaccessible Internet citations were recorded.
RESULTS: The study included 4,699 publications from 844 different journals. Among the 141,845 references there were 840 (0.6%) Internet citations. One or more Internet references were cited in 403 (8.6%) articles. From the 840 Internet references, 11.9% were already inaccessible within two days after an article's release to the public.
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of Internet citations in journals included in PubMed is small (<1%); however, the inaccessibility rate at the time of publication is considered substantial. Authors, editors, and publishers need to take responsibility for providing accurate and accessible Internet references.
Dominik Aronsky; Sina Madani; Randy J Carnevale; Stephany Duda; Michael T Feyder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2007-01-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1067-5027     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Med Inform Assoc     Publication Date:    2007 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-05     Completed Date:  2007-04-19     Revised Date:  2014-09-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9430800     Medline TA:  J Am Med Inform Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  232-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Access to Information*
Biomedical Research*
Libraries, Digital* / statistics & numerical data
Periodicals as Topic
Grant Support
T15 007450-03//PHS HHS; T15 LM007450/LM/NLM NIH HHS

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