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Journal Citation Frequency in the Psi Chi Journal Of Undergraduate Research: 1998-2002
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by Laura M. Marzola and Charles I. Brooks - King's College
Category: Professional Issues
In this report, we summarize a journal count from articles published in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Psi Chi Journal) for the 5-year period, 1998-2002 to determine (a) the types of journals cited, and (b) the citation frequency of the Psi Chi Journal itself. Findings show a total of 1188 reference citations, with over 72% journal articles. APA journals comprised 40% of the 10 most frequently cited journals, and 30% of the 30 most frequently cited journals. The high citation frequency of APA journals, considered among the most sophisticated professional publications available, is a credit to undergraduate researchers published in the Psi Chi Journal. For the Psi Chi Journal, however, we counted a total of only 5 citations. We discuss reasons for this low rate, but the small number of Psi Chi Journal citations is disappointing because one purpose of the Journal is to stimulate ideas for further research.