How do we count our chickens? Or do citation counts count?

G.E. Gorman (School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 1 December 2005



This issue aims to look into the subject of citation counts and whether they have an impact on the articles being cited.


Uses Selgens list of citations that have been counted within such areas as: review articles, long articles, short publications and research fields as an example.


Finds that citation counts and impact factors can be easily manipulated.


Gives a strong view to a controversial subject.



Gorman, G. (2005), "How do we count our chickens? Or do citation counts count?", Online Information Review, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 581-584.

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