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UL Librarian co-authors paper with AUB’s Clinical Research Institute and Public Health department

​Once again, academic librarians make a significant contribution as research partners. Dalal Rahme, the data services librarian at AUB university libraries co-authored a paper entitled “Health-related articles on Syria before and after the start of armed conflict: a scoping review for The Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria".

The research was led by Dr. Elie Akl along, in collaboration with AUB researchers from the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) and the Public Health department at AUB.

The paper was published on November 5, 2020 in Conflict and Health, an open access journal documenting the public health impacts and responses related to armed conflict, humanitarian crises and forced migration.

Researchers can access the paper by clicking on this link:

As an information specialist with a special interest in social network analysis (SNA), Rahme explains that “Librarians can play an integral role in scoping reviews because of their specialized skills and knowledge related to literature searching, as well as database content and searching features."

Rahme's main contribution to the research was in Social Network Analysis, where she analyzed the data to understand and show the Syrian research community's co-authorship behavior patterns pre- and in- war, by mapping the relationships that connected them as a network with other researchers from the region and the world.

For more information about the research paper, contact Dalal Rahme via email, or via Extension: 2958

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