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Three decades of the Ceylon Medical Journal - analysis using MEDLINE (PubMed)

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Kumara Mendis ,

Head, Computer Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka., LK
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Indragith Solagarchchi,

Demonstrator, Computer Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka., LK
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Chaminda Weerabaddana

Demonstrator, Computer Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka., LK
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Abstract

Introduction The Ceylon Medical Journal (CMJ) is the only Sri Lankan medical journal that is indexed in MEDLINE (PubMed). Publications in the CMJ from 1965 March to 2001 December were analysed using the PubMed interface of MEDLINE.
Method Using PubMed we downloaded the CMJ bibliography in MEDLINE format. Important tagged fields were written to a Microsoft-Access database using a PubMed Grabber/Analyser program. The analysis was done using Access-SQL and PubMed queries.
Results There were 1472 citations by 1373 authors. 944 authors had only one and 176 had two articles. The top 10 authors contributed 8% and the top 25, 15.4% of the articles. Publications types were: 68.5% ‘journal articles', 10.4% letters, 4.2% historical articles and 4.1% reviews. Controlled clinical trials, randomised controlled trials and clinical trials together totalled only 39 (2.1%). Articles were classified using 2 to 44 medical subject headings (MeSH; average 11.4, mode 9) from the MeSH vocabulary. CMJ articles classified using broad MeSH categories were (top five): infections 370(15 %), pathological conditions signs and symptoms 266( 10.8%), haemic, lymphatic and immunologic 199 (7.7%), endocrine, nutritional and metabolic 189 (7.7%), neoplasms 179(7.3%).
Discussion For 938 (68%) authors, publishing in the CMJ was a one time affair. The top 50 authors contributed nearly a quarter (23.2%). A product of this research is an off-line CMJ searching system from 1965 to 2001 with menu driven search facilities which will be a useful tool for researchers.

Key words: citation analysis

DOI: 10.4038/cmj.v50i1.1583

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol.50(1) 2005 pp14-17

Keywords: citation analysis  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v50i1.1583
How to Cite: Mendis, K., Solagarchchi, I. and Weerabaddana, C., 2010. Three decades of the Ceylon Medical Journal - analysis using MEDLINE (PubMed). Ceylon Medical Journal, 50(1), pp.14–17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v50i1.1583
Published on 04 Feb 2010.
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