Publishing, identifiers & metrics: Playing the numbers game

Authors

  • Edwin R van Teijlingen Bournemouth University, UK
  • Shovita Dhakal Adhikari Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Pramod R Regmi Bournemouth University
  • Alexander van Teijlingen Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Nirmal Aryal Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Sarita Panday Department of Politics and International Relations, The University of Sheffield, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v20i1.37391

Keywords:

Journal identifiers, impact factors, academic publishing

Abstract

The number of scientific articles published each year is rapidly growing and so is the number of academic journals. This makes it impossible for an individual practitioner or researcher to keep track of all research published in their own field or sub-discipline. With the growing amount of publications, it is also becoming more difficult to distinguish between similar papers published on the same topic, in the same journal, or by the same researchers (or research team). This perspective paper could support students and novice researchers, outlines the difference between the unique identifier for: (1) you as the researcher, (2) a specific paper; and (3) a specific journal. This paper further outlines the various numerical identifiers associated with academic publishing to help demystify academic publishing.

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Author Biography

Edwin R van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK; Visiting Professor, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal and Nobel College, Nepal

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Published

2021-10-25

How to Cite

van Teijlingen, E. R., Dhakal Adhikari, S., Regmi, P. R., van Teijlingen, A., Aryal, N., & Panday, S. (2021). Publishing, identifiers & metrics: Playing the numbers game. Health Prospect, 20(1), 18–21. https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v20i1.37391

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