Citing of Industry Standards in Scholarly Publications

Authors

  • Erin M Rowley
  • A Ben Wagner

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/istl27

Abstract

Industry standards are used in many disciplines, including science and technology areas. To date, little research has been conducted regarding the citing of standards in scholarly publications. The aim of this study was to answer two questions: Are standards being cited in scholarly publications? And, if so, what are the characteristics of the publications citing standards? We postulated that the answer to these questions would be of use to science and engineering librarians for collection development and research assistance purposes. A cited reference search was conducted using Web of Science Core Collection™ (WOSCC) to determine if standards are cited. Our research focused on three major standards organizations: ASTM International, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The study was limited to publications published from 2015-2017. The results confirmed our hypothesis that standards are cited in scholarly publications in science and technology fields. In addition, we discovered that standards were cited in publications from nearly 100 countries. Funding agency and institutional affiliation were also analyzed. The data from the study confirmed the international reach and broad utility of standards in a wide range of disciplines.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

ASTM International. 2013. ASTM International Technical Committees [Internet]. [cited 27 Feb 2019] Available from https://www.astm.org/GLOBAL/images/CommitteeList_Eng.pdf.

Batik, A. 1992. The Engineering Standard: A Most Useful Tool. Ashland (OH): Book Master/El Rancho. p. 31-57.

Cardona, M. & Marx, W. 2007. Anatomy of the ICDS series: A bibliometric analysis. Physica B: Condensed Matter 401-402, 1-6. DOI:10.1016/j.physb.2007.08.101.

Curtis, S. 2011. Informing collection development through citation examination of the civil engineering research literature. Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. Available from: https://peer.asee.org/18170.

European Commission. 2012. Commission Recommendation 2012/417/EU of 17 July 2012 on access to and preservation of scientific information [Internet]. [cited 2 Feb 2018]. Available from: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/48558fc9-d4c8-11e1-905c-01aa75ed71a1.

European Committee for Standardization (CEN). n.d. What is a standard? [Internet]. [cited 2 Feb 2018]. Available from https://www.cen.eu/work/ENdev/whatisEN/Pages/default.aspx.

Europa. 2017. Share in EU GDP, 2017 (%) [Internet]. [cited 23 Feb 2018]. Available from https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/-/DDN-20180511-1?inheritRedirect=true.

Gargouri, Y., Larivière, V., Gingras, Y., Carr, L., & Harnad, S. 2012. Green and gold open access percentages and growth, by discipline. arXiv preprint arXiv:1206.3664..

Heilbrun, K., Phillips, S. & Thornewill, A. 2016. Professional standards’ citations in law and behavioral sciences: Implications for policy and practice. Professional Psychology-Research and Practice 47(4): 287-294. DOI:10.1037/pro0000080.

ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization, International Electrotechnical Commission). 2004. Guide 2 Standardization and related activities - General vocabulary. Geneva, Switzerland: ISO.

Mathews, B. 2006. The role of industry standards: An overview of the top engineering schools’ libraries. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 46. DOI:10.5062/F48C9T6D.

Musser, L. & Conkling, T. 1996. Characteristics of engineering citations. Science & Technology Libraries 15(4): 41-49.

O'Neill, J. 2001. Building better global economic BRICs. Goldman Sachs, Global Economics Paper [Internet]. [cited 23 Feb 2018]; 66. Available from: https://www.goldmansachs.com/insights/archive/archive-pdfs/build-better-brics.pdf.

Pellack, L. 2005. Industry standards in ARL libraries: Electronic and on-demand. Collection Building 24(1): 20-28.

Phillips, M., & Huber, S. 2017. Standards resources for engineering and technology. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 87. DOI:10.5062/F4B27SJ7.

Taylor, D. 1999. Standards collection development in an acdement library. Collection Building 18(4), 148-152. DOI: 10.1108/01604959910303280.

Thompson, L. 2001. Grey literature in engineering. Science & Technology Libraries 19(3-4): 57-73. DOI: 10.1300/J122v19n03_05.

Tomaszewski, R. 2017. Citations to chemical resources in scholarly articles: CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and The Merck Index. Scientometrics 112(3): 1865-1879. DOI:10.1007/s11192-017-2437-4.

Tomaszewski, R. 2018. A comparative study of citations to chemical encyclopedias in scholarly articles: Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology and Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Scientometrics 117(1): 175-189. DOI:10.1007/s11192-018-2844-1.

Tomaszewski, R. & MacDonald, K. 2016. A study of citations to Wikipedia in scholarly publications. Science & Technology Libraries 35(3): 246-261. DOI:10.1080/0194262X.2016.1206052.

World Bank. 2018. Gross domestic product 2016 [Internet]. [cited 23 Feb 2018]. Available from http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/GDP.pdf.

Zhang, L. 2018. Analyzing citation and research collaboration characteristics of faculty in aerospace, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering. College & Research Libraries 79(2): 158-178. DOI:10.5860/crl.79.2.158.

Downloads

Published

2019-08-29

How to Cite

Rowley, E. M., & Wagner, A. B. (2019). Citing of Industry Standards in Scholarly Publications. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (92). https://doi.org/10.29173/istl27

Issue

Section

Refereed Articles