Current self-citation rates

James Hartley j.hartley at KEELE.AC.UK
Fri Apr 4 07:58:18 EDT 2014

Estimates of self-citation rates vary according to disciplines.  If you look
at my paper on self-citation (Hartley, J. 2012,Scientometrics 92, 2,,
313-317) you will see I cite a range from 3 - 44%.  Self-citation seems
greater in the sciences than in the social sciences and the arts, but the
figures have to e taken with a pinch of salt!

Jim Hartley

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What is the current estimated self-citation rate?  I have found an older
article that put estimated self-citation rates at 30% or above.

Seglen PO.  Citation rates and journal impact factors are not suitable for
evaluation of research.  Acta Orthop Scand 1998; 69 (3): 224 - 229.

To support this, it references:

Moed HF, Burger WJM, Frankfort JG, Van Raan AFJ.
On the Measurement of Research Performance: The Use of Bibliometric
Indicators. Leiden, Science Studies Unit, LISBON-Institute, University of
Leiden; 1987:l-199.

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