Will THE do something about the citations indicator?

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

International“International university rankings can be a bit boring sometimes. It is difficult to get excited about the Shanghai rankings, especially at the upper end: Chicago down two places, Peking up one. There was a bit of excitement in 2014 when there was a switch to a new list of highly cited researchers and some universities went up and down a few places, or even a few dozen, but that seems over with now …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 August]

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‘Open citations’ movement targets big publishers

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2017 by steve

International“‘Open citations now!’ So concludes a new open letter to publishers from researchers who support making scholarly citations freely available, in the interest of better citation analysis. Advocates of such efforts say that references are a pillar of scholarly work and that being able to understand how articles cite each other shouldn’t require an expensive subscription to a database …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Times Higher Education, 11 December]

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The lifecycle of research citations

Posted in Research on June 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Researchers are evaluated using citation counts, often with a cut-off date. But this column shows that the lifecycle of citations differs between disciplines, with some subjects having earlier peaks or steeper declines in annual citations than others. These differences should be taken into account when evaluating researchers or institutions …” (more)

[Sebastian Galiani and Ramiro Gálvez, VOX, 10 June]


How to spot a ‘citation cartel’

Posted in Research on January 18th, 2017 by steve

International“Do you know the difference between a group of researchers in the same field who cite each other’s related work, and a group of authors who purposefully cite each other in order to boost their own profiles? It’s not easy to do, say researchers in a new article about so-called ‘Citation cartels’ …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 18 January]

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Measuring the lack of impact of journal papers

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“I’ve been involved in a depressing discussion on the Astronomers Facebook page, part of which was about the widespread use of Journal Impact factors by appointments panels, grant agencies, promotion committees, and so on …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 February]

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When Do Citations Reflect ‘Impact?’

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2015 by steve

USA“Citation behaviors vary widely between and within STM and HSS; within particular disciplines citations can also play sharply different kinds of roles. The complexity of adducing scholarly significance from citation metrics is further increased as scholars may use citations differently from one publication to the next …” (more)

[Karin Wulf, The Scholarly Kitchen, 16 July]

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Citation Boost or Bad Data? Academia.edu Research Under Scrutiny

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2015 by steve

International“If a free website claimed that you could double citations to your papers simply by uploading them to their file sharing network, would you believe it? This claim, and the paper supporting it, is displayed prominently on the Academia.edu website …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 18 May]

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Are all subjects the same?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“University rankers seem to be moving towards the field normalization of citations data. In 2010 Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters started using it for their world rankings. The scores for citations did not reflect the absolute number of citations or even citations per paper or per faculty …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 9 May]

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Growing Impact of Older Articles

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2014 by steve

International“Scholars have been devoting more attention to older literature, a new study of the citation patterns in journal articles reveals …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 10 November]

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UCD scientist’s work ranks among top-cited research papers

Posted in Research on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“DNA sequence analysis paper among most cited publications ever in Nature magazine. A research paper on a programme designed by an Irish scientist is among the 10 most frequently cited research publications of all time, the international science journal Nature magazine has revealed …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 30 October]

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UCD academic’s paper among most cited ever

Posted in Research on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A scientific paper by a Dublin based academic has been listed by top academic journal Nature in the top ten most highly cited research papers ever. The 1988 study by Professor Des Higgins, who is Professor of Bioinformatics at the UCD Conway Institute set the international standard for DNA sequence analysis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 October]

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Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2014 by steve

USA“From a news perspective, the recent report by Google researchers that more highly-cited papers are found in non-elite journals is about much more than the distribution of citations …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 20 October]

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Eleven researchers in Irish universities named among world’s top 3,000

Posted in Research on July 1st, 2014 by steve

“Eleven researchers based in Irish universities have been ranked among the world’s top 3,000 by the multinational media body Thompson Reuters. Inclusion means the person’s research is listed in the top 1% for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Are 90% of academic papers really never cited? Reviewing the literature on academic citations

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“It is widely accepted that academic papers are rarely cited or even read. But what kind of data lies behind these assertions? Dahlia Remler takes a look at the academic research on citation practices and finds that whilst it is clear citation rates are low, much confusion remains over precise figures …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 23 April]

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Twitter’s Value as Measure of Scientific Impact Encounters New Doubt

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2013 by steve

“Evaluating scientists by their journal-citation counts is a much-despised shorthand at many universities. And so, when a study came out two years ago suggesting Twitter mentions as a supplement or even an alternative to citation counts, it got a fair bit of attention …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 December]

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Formula predicts research papers’ future citations

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2013 by steve

“It sounds like a science administrator’s dream — or a scientist’s worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited. But a team of data scientists now says it could be possible …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 3 October]


The usefulness of citation counts depends heavily on the context of an individual’s publishing community

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“Let me start with a confession. I like and use citations. Does this really make me a bad person? I don’t think so, for reasons that are fundamentally economic …” (more)

[David Laband, Impact of Social Sciences, 26 September]

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Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“Google Scholar, the academic bibliographic database provided free-of-charge by the search engine giant Google, has been suggested as an alternative or complementary resource to the commercial citation databases like Web of Knowledge (ISI/Thomson) or Scopus (Elsevier) …” (more)

[Ciaran Quinn, Research Support Librarian Blog, 13 September]

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A better way to track citations

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“Over the years citations have become the key currency of academic reputation, helping to measure the degree of influence any one scholar’s works have had on the academic community …” (more)

[Paul Stokes, Research Blogs, 12 September]

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Citation Cartels

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

International“… Surely it is now time for Thomson Reuters to stop counting self-citations for the Research Influence indicator in the THE World University Rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 June]

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