Annotation Project Variable List

The following is a list of variables used for in the original IFS Annotation Database and a brief description of how the data should be entered and formatted.

  • Authors: All authors’ last names and initials
  • Year of publication: The year of publication of the item.
  • Authors’ Contact Info: Last known workplace, address, phone, and email at last check.
  • Document Title: The full title of the publication
  • Document Type: Journal article; commentary; magazine article, Op Ed; newsletter article; whitepaper; conference proceedings; book; book chapter, measure, audiobook, etc.
  • Document Source: This is where the journal can be located such as Journal name, volume, number, pages; Place and name of publisher; Web address.
  • DOI or ISSN/ISBN: DOIs are Digital Object Identifiers. They track electronic publications since the year 2000. If no DOI is available, an ISSN or ISBN number is included or a thesis/dissertation access number. These numbers can be given to librarians to help aid in locating copies of the resources of interest.
  • Keywords: Keywords that indicate the main themes of the resource, chosen for maximum search flexibility by database users.
  • Abstract: The actual abstract as published, if available. If the resource has no published abstract, n/a is used.
  • Annotation: This is a description written by the project annotators to be useful to researchers and other users to help determine if this would be a publication worth considering for their specific research or other purposes. The main goal for research articles is to be useful to researchers. Other publications may have annotations written to be helpful to all others.
  • Language of Publication: Original language of publication
  • Population of Interest: The type of population of interest in the publication such as current clients, past clients, therapists.
  • Intended Audience: Identifies which groups of users may find this resource useful: researchers, clinicians, lay audiences, etc.
  • Geographic Location of Study: For research studies, this is the country, region, state, or province from where the sample was drawn. This is for research publications.
  • Age Group of Sample: Age groups or descriptors of subjects in the research study such as children, adolescents, emerging adults, adults, older adults, etc. May also be the mean age of the sample. This is predominantly for research articles, theses, or dissertations. We use n/a to indicate there was no study sample.
  • Tests & Measures Used: Official names of all measures used in the study or in the article, if applicable. This is predominantly for research articles, theses, or dissertations.
  • Research Applicability Score: This is a score given to show future IFS researchers how applicable to research is each item in the database. It is not an indicator of the quality of the resource, just how applicable the annotators believe it to be for future IFS researchers. The scale is from 1 to 5 with 5 being a clinical trial or the development of a measure of an IFS-related construct such as self-leadership.

The following Research Applicability Scale was developed for and is used for the IFS Annotation Project Database only. Users of this database can use this scale to determine the relative usefulness of a resource for research purposes. This scale is not a measure of the quality of the resource, only the relative usefulness and applicability to future IFS research studies and investigators.

Research Applicability Scale
Numerical Value Samples of Type of Article or Research Applicability Score
1 Commentary or book with no associated case study Low
2 Commentary with clinical examples
3 Case Study with no analyzed data Moderate
4 Case Study with data, or a non-controlled research experiment
5 Controlled Clinical Trial; Developed Measure/Scale High