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:
Sources for Citation Analysis: There are several tools available for citation analysis, some are subscription-based and others are free. Each tool has its strengths and weaknesses and none of them covers the entire universe of scholarly publications. Therefore, it is important to use more than one tool to get a fuller picture of the scholarly impact of an author or a journal. Below is a table highlighting the characteristics of two citation analysis tools:
|Science, Technology, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
|Medical, Scientific, Technical, Business, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Composed of 3 citation indexes:
Note: USD's subscription starts from 1992-present
|Over 10,000 journals
|Some journal files going back to 1900
|Theoretically, whatever is available on the Web
Monthly on average
Kind thanks to Francine DeFranco from UConn, University Libraries for permission to use content from her wonderful citation analysis guide.