What is citation analysis?
Citation analysis is a way of measuring the relative importance or impact of an author, an article or a publication by counting the number of times that author, article, or publication has been cited by other works.
Why conduct citation analysis?
Citation analysis may be conducted for following purposes:
- To establish the impact that a particular work has had by identifying which other authors based their work upon it or cited it within their own papers.
- To learn more about a field or a topic by identifying seminal works in that area.
- To determine what impact a particular author has had within his/her own discipline and beyond by looking at his/her total number of citations broken down by discipline and by country.
- For promotion and tenure purposes by looking at the quality of sources where a scholar’s work has been published and cited
Commonly Used Terms and Definitions
Explanations of terms related to citation counts and journal rankings.