Bibliometry of Radiography Bachelor theses in University of Maiduguri

Authors : Yahaya, L. Muhammad; Nwobi, I. Chigozie; Obotiba, A. Dick; Luntsi, Geofery; Nkubli, B. Flavious

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 1 - January

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 Objectives: To determine the characterization and trends of topics, methodology, radiography specialty and most researched radiology imaging modality. And in addition, to determine the visibility (volume of publications) of the bachelor theses (research projects) conducted and also to develop a system for easy reference of the theses.  Methodology: A retrospective bibliometric analysis of published and unpublished bachelor theses was conducted. All the 33 original articles published in both national and international peer review journals were evaluated. In addition, 417 unpublished theses conducted between 2008 and 2017 were also evaluated. The following information was extracted: Type of Radiology imaging modality, Radiography subspecialty, method of data collection, statistical analysis, publication status and categorization of publication. In addition, some of the variables investigated were presented along with the trend over time.  Results: The results of the study revealed that conventional radiography was the most researched radiology imaging modality representing 27.6% (n=124) of the theses, while most of the theses were dominated in the area of Musculoskeletal imaging and this constitute 14.4% (n=65), Radiation Protection representing 13.6% (n=61) and Radiography Education representing 12.9% (n=58) of the theses. The study has also showed that only 7.3% (n=33) of the theses were published.  Conclusion: This study has showed trends in radiography bachelor theses in university of Maiduguri. Some areas were over-flogged, some were poorly researched while others were rarely researched. The study has also found that the visibility of the theses was very poor (7.3%). In addition, the study has provided a book of abstracts and a software programme that automate all the available theses (450).

Keywords : Bibliometry, Bachelor, Theses, Trend, Publication.


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