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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.ORCID: 0000-0001-9082-2902 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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): 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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