Nisonger, TE "Citation autobiography: An investigation of ISI database coverage in determining author citedness" COLLEGE & RESEARCH LIBRARIES, 65 (2): 152-163 MAR 2004
garfield at CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU
Thu Oct 7 16:10:48 EDT 2004
We should be grateful to Tom Nisonger for creating the term "Citation
Autobiography". I encourage all authors to do this and believe that the
HistCite software I have reported on in the following paper will aid that
Garfield E. Pudovkin AI. Istomin VS. "Why do we need Algorithmic
Historiography?" Journal of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology (JASIST) 54(5):400-412, March 2003.
Unfortunately, the author gives the initial impression that the ISI coverage
of his work is typical and does not point out that his comments are limited
to the field of LIS and even there, it is a sample of one. And there is no
evaluative data provided for the numerous journals where he has published
While Cronin and others have used SSCI to rank LIS people it is essential to
note that the WoS files are mainly directed at scientists. If you look at
the publication records for the most-cited scientists, the journals in which
they publish are indeed covered by ISI. The greater the impact of the
scientist in question, the greater the coverage. Further, it is often
forgotten how well citations to their books are covered, even though books
are not ordinarily sources. With this caveat it is nevertheless worth
comtemplating your own personal citation autobiography.
Thomas E. Nisonger :
E-mail Address: nisonge at indiana.edu
Author(s): Nisonger, TE
Title: Citation autobiography: An investigation of ISI database coverage in
determining author citedness
Source: COLLEGE & RESEARCH LIBRARIES, 65 (2): 152-163 MAR 2004
Language: English Document Type: Article
Abstract: This article presents a case study investigating the coverage
completeness of the Institute for Scientific Information's citation data for
specific authors, based on analysis of this author's lifetime citation
record, which was compiled through the ISI database, searching the
literature for nearly fifteen years, and through various Web search engines.
It was found that (with self-citations disregarded) the ISI captured 28.8
percent of the total citations, 42.2 percent of print citations, 20.3
percent of citations from outside the United States, and 2.3 percent of
non-English citations. The definition and classification of Web citations
are discussed. It is suggested that librarians and faculty should not rely
solely on ISI author citation counts, especially when demonstration of
international impact is important.
Addresses: Indiana Univ, Sch Lib & Informat Sci, Bloomington, IN 47401 USA
Reprint Address: Nisonger, TE, Indiana Univ, Sch Lib & Informat Sci,
Bloomington, IN 47401 USA.
E-mail Address: nisonge at indiana.edu
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