References-Citations Relationship

Ronald Rousseau ronald.rousseau at KHBO.BE
Thu Aug 19 02:11:17 EDT 2010

Dear colleagues,

I believe in the following scenario. An article that deals with  
several topics (is related to several subfields) has a higher  
probability of being useful (i.e. being cited) to at least one  
subfield than an article that is related to just one subfield. It is,  
moreover, probably richer in ideas.

Moreover, an article related to several subfields has on average a  
longer reference list than an article dealing with one topic (or  
related to one subfield).

Hence, there might be a relation between longer reference lists and  
receiving more citations, although the length of the reference list  
itself is not the cause of this relationship.

Who proves or disproves this conjecture?

Best regards,

Ronald Rousseau

Ronald Rousseau
President of the ISSI
KHBO - Association K.U.Leuven
Industrial Sciences and Technology
Zeedijk 101 -  8400  Oostende,  Belgium
Professor associated to K.U.Leuven
Guest Professor Antwerp University, IBW
Honorary Professor Henan Normal University (Xinxiang, China)
Adjunct professor of Shanghai University
Guest Professor at the National Library of Sciences CAS (Beijing)
Guest Professor at Dalian University of Technology
Honorary researcher at Zhejiang University, Information Resources Management
E-mail: ronald.rousseau at
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