Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016)
Content analysis of abstract of professional articles published in home and abroad
Author(s): M.E Haque, M.M Ali, M.Z Hoque
Abstract: The main purpose of the study was to evaluate and compare published professional articles of home and abroad as well as to determine specific content areas where local articles need improvement. Literatures related to professional writing and content analysis were reviewed to develop a standard analytical tool. Thereafter, twelve local and twelve foreign agricultural journals were selected randomly. From each of these groups, 120 articles were chosen and these were analyzed adopting content analysis research technique. Adequacy of content of each component of professional articles was measured adopting 5-point measuring scale such as- rightly adequate, adequate, moderately adequate, poorly adequate, and inadequate. The tool included ten attributes related to abstract of professional articles. Mean relative score of foreign (63.8) and local (58.5) journal articles indicated that overall quality of abstract of foreign journal articles found better than abstract of local journal articles. However, individual characters like ‘thoroughness’, ‘brevity’, ‘length/pace’ and ‘independence/stay alone’ quality of both foreign & local journal articles are more or less similar and computed mean value was found below four which indicate need for improvement. Moreover, majority of foreign journal articles (45%) poorly fulfilled ‘methodology’ whereas local journal articles (41.6%) poorly fulfilled ‘concluding remarks’ in abstract. On the contrary, ‘use of reference/quotation’ and ‘mechanical faults was not found in any of the selected articles. Hence, authors and editors of local journals need to put more attention specially in writing concluding remarks of abstract for improving the quality of articles.