FW: Dana Roth on citation indexing

George Porter george at LIBRARY.CALTECH.EDU
Thu Mar 9 18:57:37 EST 2006

[Forwarding on Behalf of Dana Roth. -- George]

In answer to Sam Brooks' concern about "missing the most complete
citation indexes for business, communication & mass media, nursing &
allied health, and sociology" ... my article was specifically aimed at
'competitors to the Science Citation Index and the Web of Science.'

In answer to Stevan Harnad ... the Citebase website specifically warns
that "Citebase is currently only an experimental demonstration. Users
are cautioned not to use it for academic evaluation yet. Citation
coverage and analysis is incomplete and hit coverage and analysis is
both incomplete and noisy."

Dana L. Roth
Millikan Library / Caltech 1-32
1200 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91125
626-395-6423  fax 626-792-7540
dzrlib at library.caltech.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: George Porter [mailto:george at library.caltech.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 10:53 PM
To: DIG_REF; STS-L; ERIL-L; SPARC Open Access Forum;
Subject: [STS-L] Dana Roth on citation indexing

My colleague, Dana Roth, has published an overview of the variety of fee
and free citation searching services which have sprung up over the

Dana L. Roth. (2005) The emergence of competitors to the Science
Citation Index and the Web of Science. Current Science 89(9):1531-6 (10
November 2005) <http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/nov102005/1531.pdf>

His contribution was part of a "Special Section on 50 Years of Citation
Indexing".  Current Science <http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/>, just as all
of the other publications of the Indian Academy of Sciences
<http://www.ias.ac.in/publications.html>, is an Open Access journal.

George S. Porter
Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science California
Institute of Technology Mail Code 1-43, Pasadena, CA 91125-4300
Telephone (626) 395-3409 Fax (626) 431-2681 http://library.caltech.edu
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