The impact of case reports relative to other types of publication in palaeopathology
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 81–85, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Mays, S. (2012), The impact of case reports relative to other types of publication in palaeopathology. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 22: 81–85. doi: 10.1002/oa.1186
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 10 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Received: 25 FEB 2010
- case study;
- citation counts;
Despite repeated calls for palaeopathology to move away from descriptive case reports towards quantitative, problem-orientated work, case reports still form a high proportion of palaeopathology journal publications. This work assesses, using citation analysis, the impact of the case report relative to that of other types of study in palaeopathology. Results suggest that case studies are cited less often than other types of publication, but that this deficit is less marked than in the clinical sciences where the case report has been effectively marginalised. It is suggested that although a reduction in the proportion of publications in palaeopathology made up of case reports may be desirable, and would be an indication of maturation of the discipline, well-directed case reports will continue to play a role, albeit a diminishing one, in advancing the field. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.