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On measuring scholarly influence by citations

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  • Martin Ravallion

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  • Adam Wagstaff

    () (World Bank)

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Bibliometric measures based on citations are widely used in assessing the scientific publication records of authors, institutions and journals. Yet currently favored measures lack a clear theoretical foundation and are known to have counter-intuitive properties. The paper proposes a new approach that is grounded on a theoretical “influence function,” representing explicit prior beliefs about how citations reflect influence. Conditions are derived for robust qualitative comparisons of influence—conditions that can be implemented using readily-available data. Two examples are provided, one using the world’s top-10 economics department, the other using the top-10 economics journals.

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  • Martin Ravallion & Adam Wagstaff, 2011. "On measuring scholarly influence by citations," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 88(1), pages 321-337, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:88:y:2011:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-011-0375-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0375-0
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