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Same same but different: self-citations identified through Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection

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  • Hui Li

    (Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics)

  • Weishu Liu

    (Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics)

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Self-citation is attracting wide attention in citation analysis research and research evaluation practice. However, the academic community’s views on self-citation are not uniform. If the number of self-citations should be calculated, it is critical to calculate it accurately and unambiguously. However, based on a case study of thirty papers published during 2014 and 2020 by the corresponding author of the study, we find that the numbers of self-citations identified through the automatic identification tools provided by Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection are confusing and inconsistent. We also put forward corresponding improvement suggestions to the stakeholders including these two authoritative bibliographic database providers at the end of this article.

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  • Hui Li & Weishu Liu, 2020. "Same same but different: self-citations identified through Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 124(3), pages 2723-2732, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:124:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s11192-020-03573-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-020-03573-8
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