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Statistical Validation of a Global Model for the Distribution of the Ultimate Number of Citations Accrued by Papers
 

Summary: Statistical Validation of a Global Model for the Distribution
of the Ultimate Number of Citations Accrued by Papers
Published in a Scientific Journal
Michael J. Stringer
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208.
E-mail: m-stringer@northwestern.edu
Marta Sales-Pardo
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, 43007, Spain
Luís A. Nunes Amaral
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
A central issue in evaluative bibliometrics is the char-
acterization of the citation distribution of papers in the
scientific literature. Here, we perform a large-scale empir-
ical analysis of journals from every field in Thomson
Reuters' Web of Science database. We find that only 30
of the 2,184 journals have citation distributions that are

  

Source: Amaral, Luis A.N. - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

 

Collections: Physics; Biology and Medicine