References-Citations Relationship

dariush alimohammadi darush55 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 23 07:20:47 EDT 2010

Dear All,

Based on a round of discussions in SIGMETRICS, an article was appeared in Webology. Have a look at it. It may be useful.

Dariush Alimohammadi, MLIS, Lecturer,

Department of Library and Information Studies,

Faculty of Psychology and Education,

Tarbiat Moallem University,

No 49, Mofateh Ave, P.O.Box: 15614

Tehran, Iran.

Tel: +989124991173

--- On Thu, 8/19/10, Pikas, Christina K. <Christina.Pikas at JHUAPL.EDU> wrote:

From: Pikas, Christina K. <Christina.Pikas at JHUAPL.EDU>
Subject: Re: [SIGMETRICS] References-Citations Relationship
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 9:12 AM

Seems like you could test whether a document covered multiple subfields by clustering the references. They would probably cluster into methods and content clusters, but would the content (related work) citations cluster into subfields? Would you do it on journal names, words in the title or by pulling the full text? So then you would bin the article into one and more than one subfield bins and test the citedness means.  

Yes, the variation can be explained as Phil says, but I think Ronald's scenario is plausible and could be tested. (maybe it has been already?)

Christina Pikas

Christina K Pikas
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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-----Original Message-----
From: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics [mailto:SIGMETRICS at] On Behalf Of Ronald Rousseau
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:11 AM
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] References-Citations Relationship

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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