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Citation Analysis, measuring your research impact : Further Readings on Citations

Compiled Guidelines, tutorials and video materials on how to use and interpret data from Scopus and Web of Knowledge (ISI) prepared by Alfaisal University librarians.


Caveats and Cautions

 Abbott, A., et al. (2010).  Do metrics matter? Nature, 465(7300), 860-862.  Get It @ AU

 Adler, R., Ewing, J., & Taylor, P. (2008).  Citation statistics: a report from the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in coopeeration with the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Berlin: International Mathematical Union.

 Arnold, D.N. (2008). Integrity under attack: the state of scholarly publishing.  [Talk of the Society editorial] SIAM News 42(10). Get It @ AU

 Ball, P. (2008). A longer paper gathers more citations. Nature, 455(7211), 274-275.  Get It @ AU

Browman, H.I., & Stergiou, K.I. (Eds.) (2008).  Use and misuse of bibliometrics indices in evaluating scholarly performance [Special Issue]. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 8(1). 

IEEE Board of Directors (2013).  IEEE statement on appropriate use of bibliometric indicators.  IEEE.   

Laloe, F., & Mosseri, R. (2009).  Bibliometric evaluation of individual researchers: not even right ... not even wrong. Europhysics News, 40(5), 26-29. 

Pudovkin, A.I., & Garfield, E. (2004).  Rank-normalized impact factor: a way to compare journal performance across subject categories.  Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 41, 507-515.  Get It @ AU



Gray, E., & Hodkinson, S.Z. (2008, Summer).  Comparison of Journal Citation Reports and Scopus imact factors and environmental siences journals.   Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Issue 54, Article 1. 

Kulkami, A.V., et al. (2009).  Comparison of citation in Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar for articles published in general medical journals. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 302(10), 1092.   Get It @ AU

Meho, L.I., & Yang, K. (2007).  Impact of data sources on citation counts and rankings of LIS facutly: Web of Science versus Scopus and Google Scholar.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(13), 2105-2125.  Get It @ AU

 Podlubny, I., & Kassayova, I. (2006).  Towards a better list of citation superstars: compiling a multidisciplinary list of highly cited researchers.  Research Evaluation, 15(3), 154-169.  Get It @ AU

 Van Noorden, R. (2010).  Metrics: a profusion of measures.  Nature, 465(7300), 864-866.  Get It @ AU

Van Aalst, J. (2010).  Using Google Scholar to estimate the impact of journal articles in education.  Educational Researcher, 39(5), 387-400. 


For Librarians

Wagner, A.B. (2009, Spring).  Percentile-based journal impact factors: a neglected collection development metric.  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Issue 57, Referred Article 1.


History and Background

Garfield, E. (1997).  Concept of citation indexing: a unique and innovative tool for navigating the research literature.  Retrieved Jully 22, 2008, from  

Garfield, E. (2007).  The evolution of the Science Citation Index.  International Microbiology, 10(1), 65-69.  Get It @ AU

Moed, J.F. (2005).  Citation analysis in research evaluation. Dordrecht: Springer.  Get It @ AU


Other Indices and Methodologies

Gonzalez-Pereira, B., Guerrero-Bote, V.P., Moya-Anegon, F. (2009).  The SJR indictor: a new indicator of journals' scientific prestige.  Tech. Rep. arxiv:abs/0912.4141, retrieved June 11, 2010 from

Priem, J., & Hemminger B.M. (2010).  Scientometrics 2.0: toward new metrics of scholarly impact on the social web. First Monday, 15(7), article 2.

Rovner, S.L. (2008).  The import of impact: new types of journal metrics grow more influential in the scientific community.  Chemcial and Engineering News, 86(20), 39-42.

Schreiber, M. (2008a).  An empirical investigation of the g-index for 26 physicists in comparison with the h-index, the A-index, and the R-index. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(9), 1513-1522.  Get It @ AU

Schreiber, M. (2008b).  The influence of self-citation corrections on Egghe's g index.  Scientometrics, 76(1), 187-200.  Get It @ AU

Van Leeuwen, T. (2008).  Testing the validity of the Hersch-index for research assessment purposes.  Research Evaluation, 17(2), 157-160.  Get It @ AU  

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