Publication records and bibliometric indices of Canadian and U.S. pharmacy deans

Dennis F Thompson


Background: As leaders and role-models in schools and colleges of pharmacy, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) deans must have a sufficient background and experience in research and scholarship.

Objective: The primary purpose of this research was to characterise and compare the publication records and bibliometric indices of the current CEO deans at the schools and colleges of pharmacy (SCOP) in Canada and the United States (U.S).

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of pharmacy dean publication records and bibliometric indices using the Web of Science (WoS) database. Deans were identified using the Canadian website, Association of Faculties of Pharmacy. The methodology of Thompson and Nahata was used to conduct the WoS searches. The software programme developed by Soler was used to separate homologues and calculate bibliometric indices. Bibliometric indices generated included: lifetime publications, publications/year, h-index, m-quotient, lifetime citations, citations/year, and average citations/paper. The Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance for nonparametric data was used to assess differences between groups.

Results: Median bibliometric indices for Canadian pharmacy deans (N=10) vs. U.S. pharmacy deans (N=124) were as follows: No. of publications=57.5 vs. 20.5, Publications/year=3.5 vs. 0.5, h-index=14.5 vs. 8, Total citations =628.5 vs. 223.5, Citations/year=38.2 vs. 11.2. None of the differences were significant at p<0.05.

Conclusion: Median bibliometric indices of Canadian pharmacy deans were higher but not significantly different from U.S. pharmacy deans.


Publications; Scholarship; Faculty

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