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The citation merit of scientific publications

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  • Crespo, Juan A.
  • Ortuño, Ignacio
  • Ruiz-Castillo, Javier

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We propose a new method to assess the merit of any set of scientific papers in a given field based on the citations they receive. Given a citation indicator, such as the mean citation or the h-index, we identify the merit of a given set of n articles with the probability that a randomly drawn sample of n articles from a reference set of articles in that field presents a lower citation index. The method allows for comparisons between research units of different sizes and fields. Using a dataset acquired from Thomson Scientific that contains the articles published in the periodical literature in the period 1998-2007, we show that the novel approach yields rankings of research units different from those obtained by a direct application of the mean citation or the h-index.

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  • Crespo, Juan A. & Ortuño, Ignacio & Ruiz-Castillo, Javier, 2012. "The citation merit of scientific publications," UC3M Working papers. Economics we1136, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
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    1. Mariani, Manuel Sebastian & Medo, Matúš & Zhang, Yi-Cheng, 2016. "Identification of milestone papers through time-balanced network centrality," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 10(4), pages 1207-1223.
    2. Lina M. Cortés & Andrés Mora-Valencia & Javier Perote, 2016. "The productivity of top researchers: a semi-nonparametric approach," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 109(2), pages 891-915, November.
    3. Ruiz-Castillo Ucelay, Javier, 2016. "Research output indicators are not productivity indicators," UC3M Working papers. Economics we1601, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
    4. Kaur, Jasleen & Ferrara, Emilio & Menczer, Filippo & Flammini, Alessandro & Radicchi, Filippo, 2015. "Quality versus quantity in scientific impact," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 800-808.
    5. Bouyssou, Denis & Marchant, Thierry, 2016. "Ranking authors using fractional counting of citations: An axiomatic approach," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 183-199.

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