Hint: Health and science are among the most popular disciplines for undergraduate and graduate studies
Citation management software simplifies researcher workflow by helping them organize their references and generate properly formatted bibliographies. Some citation managers also enable users to search references from data sources like scholarly journals.
Searching information this way can be quicker and more efficient than using a Web browser, enabling scholars to focus on their top priority – discovering the information they need for successful research outcomes.
Researchers can use RefWorks as a search interface for a number of online resources. Hundreds of databases provided by numerous data vendors are supported by RefWorks. Import filter development is ongoing and new filters are continuously being added, connecting students and scholars to an extensive body of resources for greater research results.
Looking at data collected by RefWorks starting in Quarter 1 2013 through Quarter 3 2016, here are the top 10 journals imported by researchers:
Note, these are NOT the top 10 ranked in ascending or descending order. These are the top 10 overall journals imported into RefWorks. These journals have appeared among the top 10, quarter by quarter, for the entire span of time we’re observing. While the number of researchers who imported these journals fluctuated throughout this duration, science and health-related journals are consistently among the most used by researchers.
This consistency is a reflection of the popularity of science and health-related majors for students and researchers at all levels of advancement.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, of the 1,870,000 bachelor degrees awarded in 2013–14, the top 5 fields included health professions, psychology, and biological and biomedical sciences. At the master level, the category of health professions and related programs was listed in the top 3 for number of degrees conferred.
The fluctuations in the numbers are likely impacted by the school calendar. When the majority of students in science and health disciplines are on break during the summer or during the holidays, they are less likely to be working on research projects, and the number of imports for these journals dips. However, despite the lower number of journals being imported into RefWorks during these non-peak times, the top 10 journals listed above are still regularly imported by advanced researchers, including graduate students as well as faculty, alumni or clinicians in health and science fields, who continue their research through breaks in the academic year.
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National Center for Education Statistics (2017). Bachelor's Degrees Earned By Field: 1980 To 2015 [Selected Years] ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2017 Online Edition.
National Center for Education Statistics (2017). Master's And Doctoral Degrees Earned By Field: 1971 To 2015 [Selected School Years] ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 2017 Online Edition.
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