Top journals for health searching research

Which journals publish the most articles on searching research?

I investigated the journal sources of 525 unique articles on searching, by searching Google Scholar and TRIP database for articles on systematic database searching, and also from the outputs of two UK-based search researchers. Here are the ‘top 10’ (well, 11) – their representation ranged from 7.5% down to 1% of the relevant articles.

The top 11 journals

The most frequent journal source was Journal of Clinical Epidemiology – international, open access

Health Information and Libraries Journal – publication of the CILIP Health Libraries Group

Research Synthesis Methods – international

BMC Medical Research Methodology – open access

Systematic Reviews – open access

BMJ Open – open access

Implementation Science – open access

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice – open access

Plos One – open access

Journal of the Medical Library Association – international, US-based

Journal of Academic Librarianship – international

Keep current: RSS feeds for these journals

Most are open access and provide RSS feeds

JCE https://www.jclinepi.com/current.rss

HILJ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/feed/14711842/most-recent

RSM https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/feed/17592887/most-recent

BMC MRM https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/most-recent/rss.xml

SR https://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/most-recent/rss.xml

BMJ Open https://bmjopen.bmj.com/rss/current.xml

Implementation Science https://implementationscience.biomedcentral.com/articles/most-recent/rss.xml

EBLIP – no RSS, can follow on Twitter

JMLA http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/gateway/plugin/WebFeedGatewayPlugin/rss

JAL https://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-journal-of-academic-librarianship/rss

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