A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities

Derrick, G. E., Sturk, H., Haynes, A. S., Chapman, S. and Hall, W. D. (2010) A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities. Scientometrics, 84 2: 317-320. doi:10.1007/s11192-009-0118-7

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Author Derrick, G. E.
Sturk, H.
Haynes, A. S.
Chapman, S.
Hall, W. D.
Title A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities
Journal name Scientometrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0138-9130
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11192-009-0118-7
Volume 84
Issue 2
Start page 317
End page 320
Total pages 4
Editor Tibor Braun
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Reliability of citation searches is a cornerstone of bibliometric research. The authors compare simultaneous search returns at two sites to demonstrate discrepancies that can occur as a result of differences in institutional subscriptions to the Web of Science and Web of Knowledge. Such discrepancies may have significant implications for the reliability of bibliometric research in general, but also for the calculation of individual and group indices used for promotion and funding decisions. The authors caution care when describing the methods used in bibliometric analysis and when evaluating researchers from different institutions. In both situations a description of the specific databases used would enable greater reliability.
© 2010 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Keyword Web of Science
Web of Knowledge
Institutional subscriptions
Evaluative bibliometrics
Citation analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Electronic supplementary material: The online version of this article contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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