A 45-year Retrospective ContentAnalysis of JVMEArticles

Regina M. Schoenfeld-Tacher, Kristine M. Alpi

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To study changes in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) content, this article presents the results of an analysis of a purposeful sample (n = 537) and demographic analysis of all 1,072 articles published from 2005 to 2019. The findings were compared to a prior analysis of articles from 1974 to 2004. Article length increased, as did the number of authors and institutions per article. Female first author numbers grew at a greater rate than the proportion of female faculty at AAVMC-accredited colleges. Close to 85% of articles were by authors in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, while 40 other countries contributed the remainder.The primary topics of papers published from 2005 to 2019 were student affairs (17.3%), professional skills (15.1%), courses and curricula (12.7%), specialty/disciplinary training (12.5%), and technology/information resources (11.5%). The prevalence of articles with an identified research methodology grew from 14.2% in 1974–2004, to 55.9% (n = 300) in 2005–2019. Among research articles, 54.7% reported an intervention and 70.3% included a comparison. Random assignment to experimental or control conditions occurred in 32 articles (15.2%). Qualitative inquiry expanded, with 16.3% of research articles using this methodology alone.The most cited article was a review paper discussing the human-animal bond. Descriptions of courses and curricula constituted the majority of articles over the journal’s lifespan, while no pattern was discerned between major reports in veterinary education and subsequent publications on that topic. Over the last 45 years, JVME has transitioned from a newsletter to a scholarly publication, with ongoing evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-746
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • bibliometric analysis
  • educational research methods
  • educational scholarship
  • veterinary education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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