Thursday, 14 May 2015

Citation Analysis - For Faculty - ResearchGuides Home at New Jersey Institute of Technology


Tools for Citation Analysis

Scopus    Useful for locating citing references and for performing analyses by author or paper.  Calculates h-index.  For a short tutorial on using Scopus for citation tracking, please watch this videoMore on coverage . . . 

Google Scholar    Besides
searching citations based on a topic or a person, users can click
"cited by" underneath each citation to find publications that have cited
that paper. Google Scholar is particularly useful for locating
publications that are conference proceedings, pre-prints or technical
reports.  See box below on Issues with Google Scholar regarding accuracy
of citation counts. To easily track your impact  set up an alert to new cited references on Google Scholar.

Web of Science (Science or Social Science Citation Index)    Can
be used to demonstrate the impact of particular articles and authors
through the "Cited Reference Search" and also allows subject searching
through both "quick" and "advanced" searches. 
(use at Rutgers DANA library)

Harzing- Publish or Perish    Instead
of using Web of Science, Publish or Perish uses Google Scholar data to
calculate its various statistics. Users must download and install the
software from

Scholar H-index Calculator    The
h-index is an index that attempts to measure the scientificresearch
impact and the productivity of the published work of a scientist or
scholar. This Firefox addon will automatically display some of the most
known citation indices (h-index, g-index, e-index) for any author (or
any arbitrary query regarding journals, keywords, etc.), on top of
Google Scholar or CiteSeer.
Altmetrics (Alternative Metrics) is the creation and study of new metrics in order to better quantify the impact
and spread of a scholar's work by compiling data on citations, social
media mentions, and number of online views of academic articles. 
The vision is summarized in:J. Priem, D. Taraborelli, P. Groth, C. Neylon (2010), Altmetrics: A manifesto, (v.1.0), 26 October 2010.  See also informative links from one of the new altmetrics vendors, Plum Analytics.

Issues with Google Scholar

Delgado López-Cózar, Emilio; Robinson-García, Nicolás; Torres Salinas, Daniel (2012).  Manipulating Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics: simple, easy and tempting.  EC3 Working Papers 6: 29 May, 2012

launch of Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics may
provoke a revolution in the research evaluation field as it places
within every researchers reach tools that allow bibliometric measuring.
In order to alert the research community over how easily one can
manipulate the data and bibliometric indicators offered by Google s
products we present an experiment in which we manipulate the Google
Citations profiles of a research group through the creation of false
documents that cite their documents, and consequently, the journals in
which they have published modifying their H index. For this purpose we
created six documents authored by a faked author and we uploaded them to
a researcher s personal website under the University of Granadas
domain. The result of the experiment meant an increase of 774 citations
in 129 papers (six citations per paper) increasing the authors and
journals H index. We analyse the malicious effect this type of practices
can cause to Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics.
Finally, we conclude with several deliberations over the effects these
malpractices may have and the lack of control tools these tools offer.

Jacso, P. (2011). "Google Scholar duped and deduped - The aura of "robometrics"." Online Information Review 35(1): 154-160.
showed how easy it was to dupe Google Scholar. In one case, the
researchers added invisible words to the first page of one of their
conference papers (using the well-known white letter on white
screen/paper technique), and modified the content and bibliography of
some of their already published papers, then posted them on the web to
see if Google Scholar would bite, i.e. would improve their rank
position, and increase the number of citations that the targeted papers
received, and the number of papers published by the authors. Google
Scholar did bite. While the size of Google Scholar kept growing at an
impressive rate, the intellectual growth of the Google Scholar software
has been stunted. 

Jacso, Peter.  (Nov. 1, 2009) Google Scholar's Ghost Authors.  Library Journal. Web. 

Jacso, Peter.  Google Scholar and the Scientist  Web. 

Bauer, K. and N. Bakkalbasi (2005). "An examination of citation counts in a new scholarly communication environment." DLibMagazine 11(9).  Web.

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