publication . Article . 2020

Impact of the reference list features on the number of citations

Stefano Mammola; Diego Fontaneto; Alejandro Martínez; Filipe Chichorro;
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  • Published: 29 Oct 2020 Journal: Scientometrics, volume 126, pages 785-799 (issn: 0138-9130, eissn: 1588-2861, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: Finland
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Many believe that the quality of a scientific publication is as good as the science it cites. However, quantifications of how features of reference lists affect citations remain sparse. We examined seven numerical characteristics of reference lists of 50,878 research articles published in 17 ecological journals between 1997 and 2017. Over this period, significant changes occurred in reference lists’ features. On average, more recent papers have longer reference lists and cite more high Impact Factor papers and fewer non-journal publications. We also show that highly cited articles across the ecological literature have lon...
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free text keywords: General Social Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, Computer Science Applications, Bibliography, Bibliometrics, Citations, Classic paper, Impact factor, Reference list, Self-citations, SELF-CITATION, AUTHOR, DETERMINANTS, INCREASES, PROTOCOL, ARTICLE, SCIENCE, TITLE, WEB, 113 Computer and information sciences, History, Bibliometrics, Bibliography, CITES, Library science, High impact factor, Self citation, Impact factor
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