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Health Sciences: Research

Guide to resources for assessment tasks in health issues, health education and public health

Enabling your research

Access to a world of information

The Library has extensive print and online resources. Research staff and students also have access to the Document Delivery service through which you can request material not available at Monash.

Suggest a purchase

You are encouraged to recommend material to add to the Library’s collection to support your research. Discuss this with your contact librarian or fill in the suggestion form

Research data management

The Library and Monash e-Research Centre are available to help manage your research data more effectively. Find out more at the Monash research data website.

Large Research Data Storage (LaRDS) meets the storage requirements of all researchers, including HDR students. LaRDS offers secure storage at no cost for standard users. For help and information on accessing LaRDS contact the Monash e-Research Centre.

EndNote

Learning how to use EndNote bibliographic software may save you time by making it easy for you to store, find and cite your references.  Ask your contact librarian about training and support in the use of EndNote.

Promoting your research

Monash University Research repository is a central store for University research outputs.
Monash University Publishing publishes high quality books and scholarly journals online and in print.

HDR library guide

See the Higher Degrees by Research library guide for more information on the services and resources available to HDR students.

Measuring the impact of your research

Impact Factors

Impact Factors  (sometimes referred to as ISI Impact Factors or IF) are a measure of how often the average article in a particular journal has been cited within a set period of time, and is used as a quantitative tool for evaluating journals within their field.

Journal Impact Factors can be found in Incites Journal Citation Reports (JCR). See the links on the Library databases page:

JCR can also be accessed via Web of Science and ISI Web of Knowledge databases.


If your work is cited in journals not listed in JCR, consider the following:

ERA journal rankings

The ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) initiative assesses research quality in eight discipline clusters within Australia's higher education institutions, using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

The ARC has announced a number of improvements for ERA 2012.  See the ERA 2012 website for details.


Scopus Analytics

Scopus Analytics is available (on campus only) from the direct link in the 'Important message' box on the Scopus database information page.  Scopus analyses data for peer-reviewed journals indexed by Scopus from 1996 to present in five calculations:

  • Citations - compare sources by the number of times a source has been cited in a year
  • Documents - compare sources by the number of documents published in a year
  • % Not Cited - compare sources by the percentage of documents published in a year that have never been cited to date
  • SJR - compare the scientific prestige of sources, based on the value of weighted citations per document
  • SNIP - compare the citation impact of sources in different subject fields


Other options for citation analyses:

Publish or Perish (PoP) is a free software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyses these and presents the following statistics:

  • Total number of papers
  • Total number of citations
  • Average number of citations per paper
  • Average number of citations per author
  • Average number of papers per author
  • Average number of citations per year
  • Hirsch's h-index and related parameters
  • Egghe's g-index
  • The contemporary h-index
  • The age-weighted citation rate
  • Two variations of individual h-indices
  • An analysis of the number of authors per paper

The software is available for download from the PoP website.

Australia's Knowledge Gateway

Australia's Knowledge Gateway is a search engine to highlight the activities of Australian researchers and make them more accessible to business, government, students and the wider community.

FoR Codes for Health Sciences

Fields of Research (FoR) Codes for Medical and Health Sciences

Books for researchers