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portal: Libraries and the Academy 2.2 (2002) 351-352

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I just read the lead article in portal 2.1 over a coffee break this morning and wanted to provide some feedback on the LibQUAL+ piece. The author's use of factor analysis to determine the number of underlying dimensions to the data was clearly explained, concise and justifiable. I am commonly frustrated with how poorly survey research is reported in the library literature, with no regard for validity, reliability or generalizability to the field as a whole. I often blame the editorial board as much as the authors for the poor research that is representative of our field. This really was exceptional research, a stellar article, and a must-read for librarians doing survey analysis.

Philip Davis
Life Sciences Bibliographer
Cornell University


Dear Editor,

Regarding the A&I services that include portal [Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Health Libraries Group Newsletter, IBR, IBZ, Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law, Information Science Abstracts, Referativnyi Zhurnal, The Informed Librarian]: I am a former reference librarian but I am not familiar with any of these services except Information Science Abstract and IBZ. Considering portal content, I am also puzzled by the inclusion of health- and law-related services.

The services that I commonly use to search for library and information sciences articles (in journals like College & Research Libraries and Journal of Academic Librianship) include: Library Literature and Information Science, ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), Academic Search (by EbscoHost), Proquest, Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index).[End Page 351]

I think portal is a great journal. Its identity and citation rate would be increased with inclusion on major indexing and abstracting services. Are there plans to expand the number of places where portal is indexed and abstracted?

Ethelene Whitmire
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
University of Wisconsin at Madison



Dear Ms. Whitmire,

We've contacted the marketing department at the Johns Hopkins University Press, the publisher of portal, and were told that they have approached the services that you mention. Unfortunately, these services have not yet decided to index portal. There are several reasons for this, primary among them the length of time that portal has been published.

The Press will continue to approach these organizations and, in time, expect that each will include portal. In the short term, however, it was suggested that you and your colleagues might contact the A&I services directly, requesting that they index portal. Indexing services often respond to librarians as clients faster than they will respond to publishers.

Gloriana St. Clair
Managing Editor




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