The evaluation of citation distributions

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dc.contributor.author Ruiz-Castillo, Javier
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-30T12:25:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-30T12:25:32Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/11672
dc.description.abstract This paper reviews a number of recent contributions that demonstrate that a blend of welfare economics and statistical analysis is useful in the evaluation of the citations received by scientific papers in the periodical literature. The paper begins by clarifying the role of citation analysis in the evaluation of research. Next, a summary of results about the citation distributions’ basic features at different aggregation levels is offered. These results indicate that citation distributions share the same broad shape, are highly skewed, and are often crowned by a power law. In light of this evidence, a novel methodology for the evaluation of research units is illustrated by comparing the high- and low-citation impact achieved by the U.S., the European Union, and the rest of the world in 22 scientific fields. However, contrary to recent claims, it is shown that mean normalization at the sub-field level does not lead to a universal distribution. Nevertheless, among other topics subject to ongoing research, it appears that this lack of universality does not preclude sensible normalization procedures to compare the citation impact of articles in different scientific fields.
dc.description.sponsorship European Community's Seventh Framework Program
dc.description.sponsorship The author acknowledges financial support from Santander Universities Global Division of Banco Santander, as well as from the Spanish MEC through grant SEJ2007-67436. This paper is part of the SCIFI-GLOW Collaborative Project supported by the European Commission’s Seventh Research Framework Programme, Contract no. SSH7-CT-2008-217436.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 11-12
dc.relation.hasversion http://hdl.handle.net/10016/13323
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.title The evaluation of citation distributions
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/217436
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. SEJ2007-67436
dc.type.version submittedVersion
dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000000898
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