Variation and Change
Abstract Quality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Papers: A Structural and Cross-Generic Analysis: Françoise Salager-Meyer / María Ángeles Alcaraz Ariza / Beverly A. Lewin
FRANÇOISE SALAGER-MEYER / MARÍA ÁNGELES ALCARAZ ARIZA / BEVERLY A. LEWIN
Abstract Quality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Papers: A Structural and Cross-Generic Analysis
In our increasingly busy world where researchers and academics are inundated by scholarly journals and, to a lesser extent, by books, efficient and effective literature searching is essential for the professional. It has indeed been established that physicians perceive periodicals, and, more specifically, scientific research articles, to be the most valuable and available source of information and their main channel for their on-going education and for distributing new knowledge worldwide (e.g. Leventhal 2011; Publishing Research Consortium 2011), but because of the tremendous growth in the number of periodicals published and the interdisciplinary nature of research, no professional can take the time to survey the literature. More than twenty years ago, the Louis Harris poll (1987) carried out for the New York Academy of Medicine and the Williamson et al. survey (1989) both concluded that journal literature was seen as having an “unmanageable” size. This assertion is all the more true today when, worldwide, the number of scientific journals and published papers is increasing, thanks in large part to the rise of electronic publishing (Science Daily 2008). It is estimated that 2.5 million articles are published yearly in the planet’s 25,000 peer-reviewed research journals across all scholarly and scientific fields (Harnad 2011), representing a 44% increase in the number of papers published over the past decade (van...