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Citation index

Citation index
A citation index is an index of citations between publications, allowing the user to easily establish which later documents cite which earlier documents. The first citation indices were legal citators such as Shepard’s Citations (1873). In 1960, Eugene Garfield’s Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) introduced the first citation index for papers published in academic journals, starting with the Science Citation Index (SCI), and later expanding to produce the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI). As of 2006, there are other sources of such data, such as Google Scholar. that are included. There is already discussion about the possibility that GS may in the future have sufficient capabilities to make the commercial products unnecessary. Each of these products offer an index of citations between publications and a mechanism to establish which documents cite which other documents. The different products offer different ways to access the citation list and also display their citation index differently. They differ widely in cost: WOK and Scopus are among the highest-cost subscription databases; the others mentioned are free.

Major current citation indexing services
There are two publishers of general-purpose academic citation indexes, available to libraries by subscription: • ISI is now part of Thomson Scientific. Though the ISI citation indexes are still published in print and compact disc, they are now generally accessed through the Web under the name Web of Science, which is in turn part of the group of databases in WoK. • Elsevier publishes Scopus, available online only, which similarly combines subject searching with citation browsing and tracking in the sciences and social sciences. There are a number of other indexes, more readily available. Some of the currently notable ones are: • The CiteSeerX system provides citation and other searching of scientific literature, primarily in the fields of computer and information science[1] • RePec provides this in economics, and other discipline-specific indexes have also begun to include it in their indexes. Even journal publishers often supply the facility to link to late citations, at least from the journals they publish. • Google Scholar (GS) has citation functionality, limited to the recent articles

Citation analysis
While citation indexes were originally designed for information retrieval purposes, they are increasingly used for bibliometrics and other studies involving research evaluation. Citation data is also the basis of the popular journal impact factor. There is large body of literature on citation analysis, sometimes called scientometrics, a term invented by Vasily Nalimov, or more specifically bibliometrics. The field blossomed with the advent of the Science Citation Index, which now covers source literature from 1900 on. The leading journals of the field are Scientometrics and the Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. ASIST also hosts an electronic mailing list called SIGMETRICS at ASIST[2]. This method is undergoing a resurgence based on the wide dissemination of the Web of Science and Scopus subscription databases in many universities, and the universally-available free citation tools such as CiteBase, CiteSeerX, Google Scholar, and Windows Live Academic.

In a classic 1965 paper, Derek J. de Solla Price described the inherent linking characteristic of the SCI as "Networks of Scientific Papers" [3]. The links between citing and cited papers became dynamic when the SCI began to be published online. The Social


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Sciences Citation Index became one of the first databases to be mounted on the Dialog system [4] in 1972. With the advent of the CD-ROM edition, linking became even easier and enabled the use of bibliographic coupling (M. M. Kessler) for finding related records. In 1973 Henry Small published his classic work on Co-Citation analysis which became a selforganizing classification system that led to document clustering experiments and eventually an Atlas of Science later called Research Reviews. ISI also published Current Contents, a paper publication reproducing journal title pages, widely used at the time for keeping up with the current literature, a technique known as selective dissemination of information (SDI), periodic updates of literature searches based on user profiles. The combination with SCI permitted the first use in 1965 of earlier cited references as a factor in the selection, in a product called Automatic Subject Citation Alert. This continues in electronic form as the ISI Personal Alert; this feature is now almost universally available in any bibliometric database and for most electronic journals. In the case of SCI/SSCI profiles contained not only traditional natural language search terms, but also terms for cited references and cited authors, though this too is now a part of most such systems. Thus, a user can be alerted to any new works which cited the author, paper or book in question. Using journal names in a similar way, customized contents pages could also be provided. The inherent topological and graphical nature of the worldwide citation network which is an inherent property of the scientific literature was described by Ralph Garner at Drexel University in 1965.[1] The use of citation counts to rank journals was a technique used in the early part of the nineteenth century but the systematic ongoing measurement of ths counts for scientific journals was initiated by Eugene Garfield at the Institute for Scientific Information who also pioneered the use of these counts to rank authors and papers. In a landmark paper of 1965 he and Irving Sher showed the correlation between citation frequency and eminence in demonstrating that Nobel Prize winners published five times the average number of papers while their work was cited 30 to 50 times the average. In a long series of essays on the Nobel and other prizes Garfield

Citation index
reported this phenomenon. The usual summary measure is known as impact factor, the number of citations to a journal for the previous two years, divided by the number of articles published in those years. It is widely used, both for appropriate and inappropriate purposes--in particular, the use of this measure alone for ranking authors and papers is therefore quite controversial. In an early study in 1964 of the use of Citation Analysis in writing the history of DNA, Garfield and Sher demonstrated the potential for generating historiographs, topological maps of the most important steps in the history of scientific topics. This work was later automated by E. Garfield, A. I. Pudovkin of the Institute of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences and V. S. Istomin of Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Washington State University and led to the creation of the HistCite [5] software around 2002. Autonomous citation indexing was introduced in 1998 by Giles, Lawrence and Bollacker and enabled automatic algorithmic extraction and grouping of citations for any digital academic and scientific document. Where previous citation extraction was a manual process, citation measures could now be computed for any scholarly and scientific field and document venue, not just those selected by organizations such as ISI. This led to the creation of new systems for public and automated citation indexing, the first being CiteSeer (now CiteSeerX, soon followed by Cora (recently reborn as Rexa), which focused primarily on the field of computer and information science. These were later followed by large scale academic domain citation systems such as the Google Scholar and previously Microsoft Academic. Such autonomous citation indexing is not yet perfect in citation extraction or citation clustering with an error rate estimated by some at 10% though a careful statistical sampling has yet to be done. This has resulted in such authors as Ann Arbor, Milton Keynes, and Walton Hall being credited with extensive academic output.[6] It should be noted that SCI claims to create automatic citation indexing through purely programmatic methods and even the older records have a similar magnitude of error.


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ASIS&T 2002: Information, Connections and Community. 65th Annual Meeting of ASIST in Philadelphia, PA. November 18-21, 2002. papers/asis2002/ asis2002presentation.html. Retrieved on 2006-05-21. [6] Postellon DC (March 2008). "Hall and Keynes join Arbor in the citation indexes". Nature 452 (7185): 282. doi:10.1038/452282b. PMID 18354457.

See also
• • • • • • • • • • Impact factor Citation impact Eigenfactor Scopus H-index or Hirsch number Citation analysis Acknowledgment index CiteSeer CiteSeerX Scientific journal

[1] About CiteSeerX on CiteSeerX website. Retrieved on March 26, 2008. [2] "The American Society for Information Science & Technology". The Information Society for the Information Age. Retrieved on 2006-05-21. [3] Derek J. de Solla Price (July 30, 1965). "Networks of Scientific Papers" (PDF). SCIENCE 149 (3683): 510–515. doi:10.1126/science.149.3683.510. PMID 14325149. pricenetworks1965.pdf. [4] "Dialog, A Thomson Business". "Dialog invented online information services". Retrieved on 2006-05-21. [5] Eugene Garfield, A. I. Pudovkin, V. S. Istomin (2002). "Algorithmic CitationLinked Historiography—Mapping the Literature of Science". Presented the

External links
• Official Journal Citation Report from the ISI website • Google Scholar - an academic document search engine from Google • Windows Live Academic - an academic document search engine from Microsoft • Scopus - an academic document bibliographic database from Elsevier. • CiteSeer - autonomous citation indexing for computer and information science. • CiteSeerX - the next generation CiteSeer, CiteSeerx. • Google Scholar: The New Generation of Citation Indexes • Atlas of Science: Mapping Science by means of citation relations • An Examination of Citation Counts in a New Scholarly Communication Environment • Publish or Perish calculates various statistics, including the h-index and the gindex using Google Scholar data

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