Social Work Abstracts fails again: A replication and extension

Gary Holden, Kathleen Barker, Lucinda Covert-Vail, Gary Rosenberg, Stephanie A. Cohen

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    Objective: According to a prior study, there are substantial lapses in journal coverage in the Social Work Abstracts (SWA) database. The current study provides a replication and extension. Method: The longitudinal pattern of coverage of thirty-three journals categorized in SWA as core journals (published in the 1989-1996 period) is examined. Results: The proportion of issues missing from SWA is significantly greater than 0, increase over time, and is significantly biased in favor of NASW journals. Conclusion: The errors in SWA reported here, combined with those previously reported, will exert a long-term negative impact on scholarship unless their existence becomes known to all SWA users and they take steps to compensate for the situation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)715-721
    Number of pages7
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    Volume19
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

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    Keywords

    • Bibliometric database
    • Empirically based practice
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Evidence-supported interventions
    • Impact factor score
    • Literature review
    • Meta-analysis
    • NASW
    • NASW Press
    • Research synthesis
    • Scholarship
    • Social Work Abstracts
    • Systematic review

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    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Psychology(all)

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    Holden, G., Barker, K., Covert-Vail, L., Rosenberg, G., & Cohen, S. A. (2009). Social Work Abstracts fails again: A replication and extension. Research on Social Work Practice, 19(6), 715-721. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731508329392

    Social Work Abstracts fails again : A replication and extension. / Holden, Gary; Barker, Kathleen; Covert-Vail, Lucinda; Rosenberg, Gary; Cohen, Stephanie A.

    In: Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 19, No. 6, 01.11.2009, p. 715-721.

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    Holden, G, Barker, K, Covert-Vail, L, Rosenberg, G & Cohen, SA 2009, 'Social Work Abstracts fails again: A replication and extension', Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 715-721. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731508329392
    Holden, Gary ; Barker, Kathleen ; Covert-Vail, Lucinda ; Rosenberg, Gary ; Cohen, Stephanie A. / Social Work Abstracts fails again : A replication and extension. In: Research on Social Work Practice. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. 6. pp. 715-721.
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