Compliance of International Standards ISO in Persian Abstracts of Professional Doctoral Theses in Zahedan University of Medical Sciences during 2013-2014

Hakimi Reza, Mohsen Hakimi

Abstract


Objective: the present study was conducted to evaluate the international standards ISO in Persian abstracts of the professional doctoral theses for Zahedan University of Medical Sciences during 2013-2014.

Methodology: This study is a documentary using content analysis. Data is collected by the international standard checklist ISO 214. The studied group includes 1200 Persian abstracts of professional medical, dental and specialist medical dissertations selected by census method. The collected data was analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics, t-tests using SPSS software.

Results: The findings showed that over 50% of the Persian abstracts are consistent with international standards ISO. The professional medical, dental and specialist medical dissertations complied the elements of ISO by 47.33%, 57.76% and 87.49%, respectively. Among selected elements of ISO, the highest compliance was related to the place of abstract (80.66%) and objective (71.76%) and the lowest was related to keywords driven from the text (46.96%).

Conclusion: According to the results, compliance of the Persian abstracts is evaluated unacceptable for professional medical dissertations (<50%), poor for dental dissertations and very well for specialist dissertations. X2 test showed a significant difference between scientific roots of professor and the extent of their compliance with international standards. In general, independent t-test also showed that the studied dissertations complied with more than half of the international standards for abstracting. 


Keywords


dissertation abstracts, abstracting, ISO 214, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences.  

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