An Examination of Citation Counts in a New Scholarly Communication Environment

Nisa Bakkalbasi nisa.bakkalbasi at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 16 13:29:15 EDT 2005

Dr. Stegmann correctly points out that there are other databases available,
beyond the ones we studied, which provide citation tracking.  In addition
to the conference proceedings database, Cinahl, PsycINFO, and ADS also
provide citing references for articles.  We decided to concentrate on three
multi-disciplinary databases only, as a way of focusing our work.  We
wanted to lay the foundation for a study that will compare subject areas:
hence our decision to look at databases that cross many subject areas.


Nisa Bakkalbasi

At 09:34 AM 9/16/2005, Johannes Stegmann wrote:
>At 13:54 15.09.2005 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> >Bauer, Kathleen, and Nisa Bakkalbasi. An Examination of Citation Counts
> >in a New Scholarly Communication Environment. D-Lib Magazine, 11(9).
> >September 2005.
> >
> >From the abstract: "This paper presents a case study comparing the
> >citation counts provided by Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar
> >for articles from the Journal of the American Society for Information
> >Science and Technology (JASIST) published in 1985 and in 2000 using a
> >paired t-test to determine statistical significance."
> >
>For their future work, the authors of this interesting paper should,
>perhaps, take into account the ISI Proceedings database because the
>conference papers indexed therein are included together with their
>references. For example, I found (today) in this database 17 cites given to
>JASIS papers of 1985, and 271 cites given to JASIS papers of 2000.
>This would give a clearer picture of what one gets from free services like
>Google Scholar and from products which have to be licensed.
>Best regards
>Johannes Stegmann
>Dr. Johannes Stegmann
>Charité - University Medicine Berlin
>Joint Facility of Free University and Humboldt-University
>Campus Benjamin Franklin, Medical Library
>12203 Berlin, Germany
>johannes.stegmann at
>Tel.: +49 30 8445 2035  Fax:  +49 30 8445 4454
>Personal homepage:

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