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Citation analysis as a measure of article quality, journal influence and individual researcher performance

Nightingale, JM and Marshall, G 2012, 'Citation analysis as a measure of article quality, journal influence and individual researcher performance' , Radiography, 18 (2) , pp. 60-67.

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The research-related performance of universities, as well as that of individual researchers, is increasingly evaluated through the use of objective measures, or metrics, which seek to support or in some cases even replace more traditional methods of peer review. In particular there is a growing awareness in research communities, government organisations and funding bodies around the concept of using evaluation metrics to analyse research citations. The tools available for ‘citation analysis’ are many and varied, enabling a quantification of scientific quality, academic impact and prestige. However there is increasing concern regarding the potential misuse of such tools, which have limitations in certain research disciplines. This article uses ‘real world’ examples from radiography research and scholarship to illustrate the range of currently available citation analysis tools. It explores the academic debate surrounding their strengths and limitations, and identifies the potential impact of citation analysis on the radiography research community. The article concludes that citation analysis is a valuable tool for researchers to use for personal reflection and research planning, yet there are inherent dangers if it is used inappropriately. Whilst citation analysis can give objective information regarding an individual, research group, journal or higher education institution, it should not be used as a total substitute for traditional qualitative review and peer assessment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Journal metrics, Citation, Impact factor, Research quality, H-index, Research evaluation framework
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Prof JM Nightingale
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 10:36

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