Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Citation impact - Research Impact and Profiles - Guides at University of Western Australia

 Source: http://guides.is.uwa.edu.au/c.php?g=325233&p=2177977

A guide to the key tools for examining research impact, as well as setting up and managing your research profiles.

Citation impact

Citation is the process of acknowledging or citing the author
and title of a source (journal, book, or other) used in a published
work. Such citations can be counted as measures of the usage and impact
of the cited work. Among the measures that have emerged from citation
analysis are the citation counts for:

  • an individual article (how often it was cited);
  • an author (total citations, or average citation count per article);
  • a journal (average citation count for the articles in the journal).
Citation impact measurement has advantages and disadvantages in all
its forms, spanning from bias to discipline-dependence and limitations
of the citation data source. Further, each specific discpline has its
own citing behaviour and the value of citation impact will vary across

Citation impact may be used together with qualitative assessment (e.g. peer review) and other measures of esteem as an
indication of scholarly performance for the purposes of University
ranking exercises, awarding government block funding for research,
competitive research grants and promotions.

Major citation databases

The major citation databases enable researchers to track where,
by whom, and how often an article has been cited. However their coverage
of humanities & social sciences literature is limited.

For a detailed comparison of Scopus and Web of Science see the article in HLWiki (Canada).

Beyond these, some subject-specific databases also provide citation linking. See the Sciences/Medical & Dental or Humanities/Social Sciences sub-pages for more information.

Citation impact - Research Impact and Profiles - Guides at University of Western Australia

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