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Deflated, inflated and phantom citation counts

Peter Jacso (University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 1 May 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to clarify some issues regarding citation indexing, analysis and searching.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper begins with a discussion on an article in the D‐Lib Magazine and then focuses on deflated citation counts and inflated and phantom citation counts.

Findings

The combination of the inflated citation count values dispensed by Google Scholar (GS) with the ignorance and shallowness of some GS enthusiasts can be a real mix for real scholars.

Originality/value

The paper offers insight into deflated, inflated and phantom citation counts.

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Citation

Jacso, P. (2006), "Deflated, inflated and phantom citation counts", Online Information Review, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 297-309. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520610675816

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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