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Should we use the mean citations per paper to summarise a journal's impact or to rank journals in the same field?

Calver, M.C. and Bradley, J.S. (2009) Should we use the mean citations per paper to summarise a journal's impact or to rank journals in the same field? Scientometrics, 81 (3). pp. 611-615.

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    Abstract

    The mean citations per paper is used increasingly as a simple metric for indicating the impact of a journal or comparing journal rankings. While convenient, we suggest that it has limitations given the highly skewed distributions of citations per paper in a wide range of journals.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Copyright: © 2009 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/1020
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