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Measuring the citation impact of research journals in clinical neurology: A structural equation modelling analysis


  • Weiping Yue

    (School of Information Systems, Technology and Management The University of New South Wales)

  • Concepción S. Wilson

    () (School of Information Systems, Technology and Management The University of New South Wales)


This study develops and tests an integrated conceptual model of journal evaluation from varying perspectives of citation analysis. The main objective is to obtain a more complete understanding of the external factors affecting journal citation impact; that is, a theoretical construct measured by a number of citation indicators. Structural equation modelling (SEM) with partial least squares (PLS) is used to test the conceptual model with empirical data from journals in clinical neurology. Interrelationships among journal citation impact and four external factors (journal characteristics, journal accessibility, journal visibility and journal internationality) have been successfully explored, and the conceptual model of journal evaluation has been examined.

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  • Weiping Yue & Concepción S. Wilson, 2004. "Measuring the citation impact of research journals in clinical neurology: A structural equation modelling analysis," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 60(3), pages 317-332, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:60:y:2004:i:3:d:10.1023_b:scie.0000034377.93437.18
    DOI: 10.1023/B:SCIE.0000034377.93437.18

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