Matthes, Jan ORCID: 0000-0003-2754-1555, Giesler, Marianne, Wagner-Menghin, Michaela, Himmelbauer, Monika, Preusche, Ingrid ORCID: 0000-0001-5306-8189 and Schuettpelz-Brauns, Katrin (2017). Publication activity in medical education research: A descriptive analysis of submissions to the GMS Zeitschrift fur Medizinische Ausbildung in 2007-2015. GMS J. Med. Educ., 34 (3). DUESSELDORF: GERMAN MEDICAL SCIENCE-GMS. ISSN 2366-5017

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Objectives: The significance of medical education research has increased internationally. In this context we investigated whether, and if so, how the quantity and quality of scientific papers reviewed and/or published by the GMS Zeitschrift fur Medizinische Ausbildung (GMS Z Med Ausbild) changed. Methods: The quantity and ratio of original papers, project reports and reviews submitted to or published in the GMS Z Med Ausbild were analysed. Published scientific articles were investigated in regard to the quality features study type and mode of data collection as well as the background (university affiliation) of the last authors. The citation frequency within the first five years after PubMed listing was compared to the one of BMC Medical Education in the corresponding period. Results: The number of submitted scientific manuscripts increased steadily. Most of the submissions and publications are original papers. For publications explorative studies and prospective data collection are most common. A shift over time is not observed. 16% of the published works come from one and 36% from four of the in total 39 universities represented by the last authors. The development of the citation frequency of articles published in GMS Z Med Ausbild is similar to that of BMC Medical Education. Conclusion: The rising number of submissions indicates an increasing significance of medical education research in German-speaking countries. The development of the number of citations reflects the growing appreciation of GMS Z Med Ausbild also indicated by the increasing number of online accesses. Our findings that study type and mode of data collection did not change has to be interpreted with caution since among other things choice and correct application of adequate methods are crucial regarding a scientific work's quality, too. These aspects, however, were not investigated in this paper.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-244472
DOI: 10.3205/zma001109
Journal or Publication Title: GMS J. Med. Educ.
Volume: 34
Number: 3
Date: 2017
Place of Publication: DUESSELDORF
ISSN: 2366-5017
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
INDEXMultiple languages
Education, Scientific DisciplinesMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes


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