Glanzel, W. 2011. The application of characteristic scores and scales to the evaluation and ranking of scientific journals. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SCIENCE 37 (1): 40-48
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Glanzel, W. 2011. The application of characteristic scores and scales to the
evaluation and ranking of scientific journals. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION
SCIENCE 37 (1): 40-48.
Author Full Name(s): Glaenzel, Wolfgang
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: citation impact; journal impact; journal ranking; normalisation
KeyWords Plus: CITATION IMPACT; SCIENCE FIELDS; INDICATORS; INDEX
Abstract: Characteristic scores and scales (CSS) were introduced by Glanzel
and Schubert in 1988. CSS can be applied to analyse the citation impact of any
subset of a system in comparison with citation patterns of the complete
system. In this present study, CSS will be applied to individual subfields as
systems and journals and papers as corresponding subunits. CSS are used as
parameter-free tools to identify top journals within science fields, to identify
highly cited papers within fields and journals and to compare the rank
frequency distribution of highly cited papers over journals with the journal
ranking according to traditional impact measures. The second part of the study
is devoted to the possible normalisation of journal impact. In this study,
threshold values of CSS are used to re-scale the journal-impact distributions.
The underlying methodology and the outcomes for different subfields
representing the life sciences, engineering and mathematics are discussed.
Addresses: [Glaenzel, Wolfgang] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr R&D Monitoring
ECOOM, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium; [Glaenzel, Wolfgang] Hungarian Acad Sci,
Inst Res Policy Studies, Budapest, Hungary
Reprint Address: Glanzel, W, Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr R&D Monitoring
ECOOM, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium.
E-mail Address: Wolfgang.Glanzel at econ.kuleuven.be
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