The Web has brought many changes and challenges to the field of citation analysis. Scientists now need to make it their job to disseminate their work on as many platforms and in as many different ways as possible, such as publishing in open access and high-impact journals, and posting their work in institutional repositories, personal homepages and e-print servers, if they want their peers to be aware of, use and ultimately cite their work. Publishing a journal article is now only the first step in disseminating or communicating one’s work; the Web provides a multitude of methods and tools to publicize its scholarly worth. In this context, this article describes a citation analysis of research articles from selected electronic journals published in 2006-2010. The analysis focused on the extent to which scholars are using web-based sources in scholarly electronic journals. Results of the study shows that 82.20% of articles published in selected 6 electronic journals during 2006-2010 have web references. Out of 7290 references 72.69% of references are print journal references and 27.31% of them are web references. The majority of articles having web references are found in Journal of Distance Education (84.84%) which rank first, followed by Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (83.96%). Overall, 82.20% of articles include web references. Journal of Distance Education has the majority 33.96% of web references while Journal of E-Learning and Education (85.78%) have the majority of print journal references.
Keywords: Electronic journals; Web based sources; Web references; Citation analysis; Education, URL, Accessibility.
: S. Thanuskodi