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Ranking authors using fractional counting of citations: An axiomatic approach

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  • Bouyssou, Denis
  • Marchant, Thierry

This paper analyzes from an axiomatic point of view a recent proposal for counting citations: the value of a citation given by a paper is inversely proportional to the total number of papers it cites. This way of fractionally counting citations was suggested as a possible way to normalize citation counts between fields of research having different citation cultures. It belongs to the “citing-side” approach to normalization. We focus on the properties characterizing this way of counting citations when it comes to ranking authors. Our analysis is conducted within a formal framework that is more complex but also more realistic than the one usually adopted in most axiomatic analyses of this kind.

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Volume (Year): 10 (2016)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 183-199

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Handle: RePEc:eee:infome:v:10:y:2016:i:1:p:183-199
DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2015.12.006
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