|Title||Reference Accuracy in : A 30-Year Follow-Up to Stull et al. (1991).|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Journal||Res Q Exerc Sport|
: The purpose of this study was to determine the reference accuracy of articles from a random sample of issues from 1999, 2009, and 2019 of . : Up to two issues each of published in 1999, 2009, and 2019 were randomly sampled, and references for articles were verified for accuracy. A total of 1,341 references from 50 articles were verified: 1999 (439 references), 2009 (396 references), and 2019 (506 references). : The overall error rate was 40% across the three years (i.e., number of references with at least one error divided by the total number of references and multiplied by 100). Chi-square analyses indicated no significant differences between years for the overall error rate ( > .05): 44% (1999), 38% (2009), and 39% (2019). Chi-square analyses indicated significant differences between years for at least one reference with an error related to author(s) names ( > .05). Chi-square analyses indicated significant differences between years for at least one reference with an error related to the article title. : In the author's opinion, an overall error rate of 40% across the three years for is simply too high. Ultimately, it is authors' responsibility to ensure reference accuracy. However, given the unacceptable error rates across fields of study, journals, and publication years, it may be prudent to explore supplemental options to increase reference accuracy in peer-reviewed articles. Reference accuracy is an important issue for authors, editorial offices of journals, and the scientific community.
|Alternate Journal||Res Q Exerc Sport|