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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Releasing Results
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Different organizations adopt different practices regarding the publication and release of their material.

Understanding the different publication options is important for conducting a successful search.
  • Each type of publication affords the authors a distinct kind of professional recognition and comes with different editorial policies and review procedures.
  • Each has a distinct set of rules relating to the reporting of methods, findings and procedures.
  • Each has different policies regarding copyright, rights in data and dissemination.

The rest of this page describes several publication options as an introduction to the search strategies presented later in this course.

Because different health statistics series are created by researchers who come from different professional orientations, it is important to understand the publication orientation of each source in order to find results they report.

Each type of publication is found in a distinct location and thus, requires a different searching approach.
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