Archive by category | Citation analysis

Reading, downloading or citing?

What’s so wonderful about citations? asks Cambridge professor Peter Murray-Rust. Prof Murray-Rust has looked on Google Scholar for a paper which according to the publisher has more than 100,000 accesses, and found that it has 92 citations over the same period, which translates into one citation for every 1,000 (or so) downloads.  Read more

Scopus to incorporate h-index

Scopus, the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources, will incorporate the h-index soon. The h-index considers the publication records of an individual, the number of papers published over n years and the number of citations for each paper. The result is a single number, the h-index. To provide the user with additional clarity Scopus sys it will include visual aids that present a transparent overview of citation and publication patterns over time, revealing whether the h-index is dependent on a few highly cited papers or that the author’s papers have a relatively consistent volume of citations.  Read more

NCP Rheumatology on flaws in the Impact Factor criteria

In the Editorial of the April issue of Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology (3, 189; 2007), Editor in Chief Peter E. Lipsky writes: “The IF [Impact Factor] was envisioned over 50 years ago with the purpose of eliminating “the uncritical citation of fraudulent, incomplete or obsolete data by making it possible for the conscientious scholar to be aware of criticisms of earlier work” (Garfield E 1955 Science 122: 108–111). The IF has subsequently morphed into an institutionalized means of ranking the quality of scientific journals and, by implication, the individual articles published within them; for researchers, the IF influences employability, promotion, grant acceptability and bonus payments, and has been likened to a popularity contest.”  … Read more