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Levels of citation of nonhuman animal studies conducted at a Canadian Research hospital

By A. I. Dagg, T. K. Seidle

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The publication of scientific articles that receive few or no citations raises questions of the appropriate use of resources as well as ethics. In the case of animal research, the ethics issue extends beyond human patients to nonhuman animals, as the research subjects them to pain and, typically, to death. This study is a citation analysis of animal research conducted at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (HSC). Of the 594 publications (1990 to 1995) on animal research by affiliates of HSC, 29% received fewer than 10 citations in a 10-year period. We compare the research history of 13 "best" and 13 "worst" HSC scientists. Worst researchers continue to do infrequently cited research. Recommendations indicate how institutions and researchers can become more effective and accountable.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 205-213
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0703_7
Language English
Author Address Independent Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1,
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  1. Animal experimentation
  2. Animal research
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Canada
  6. Commonwealth of Nations
  7. Developed countries
  8. Ethics
  9. Laboratory animal science
  10. Medical research
  11. North America
  12. OECD countries
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Research
  15. research institutes
  16. research institutions
  17. United States of America
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