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Handsearching had best recall but poor efficiency when exporting to a bibliographic tool: case study

Cooper, C; Snowsill, T; Worsley, C; Prowse, A; O'Mara-Eves, A; Greenwood, H; Boulton, E; (2020) Handsearching had best recall but poor efficiency when exporting to a bibliographic tool: case study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.03.013. (In press).

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness and efficiency of methods used to identify and export conference abstracts into a bibliographic management tool. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Case study. The effectiveness and efficiency of methods to identify and export conference abstracts presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference 2016-2018 for a systematic review were evaluated. A reference standard handsearch of conference proceedings was compared to: 1) contacting Blood (the journal who report ASH proceedings); 2) keyword searching; 3) searching Embase; 4) searching MEDLINE via EndNote; and 5) searching CPCI-S. Effectiveness was determined by the number of abstracts identified compared with the reference standard, while efficiency was a comparison between the resources required to identify and export conference abstracts compared to the reference standard. RESULTS: 604 potentially eligible and 15 confirmed eligible conference abstracts (abstracts included in the review) were identified by the handsearch. Comparator 2 was the only method to identify all abstracts and it was more efficient than the reference standard. Comparators 1, and 3-5 missed a number of eligible abstracts. CONCLUSION: This study raises potentially concerning questions about searching for conferences' abstracts by methods other than directly searching the original conference proceedings. Efficiency of exporting would be improved if journals permitted bulk downloads.

Type: Article
Title: Handsearching had best recall but poor efficiency when exporting to a bibliographic tool: case study
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.03.013
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.03.013
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094620
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