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

Abstract

Purpose

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

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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

Originality/value

Gives a strong view to a controversial subject.

Keywords

Citation

Gorman, G. (2005), "How do we count our chickens? Or do citation counts count?", Online Information Review, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 581-584. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520510638043

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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