Letter to the Editor: About the quality and impact of scientific articles
Martin Ricker ()
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Martin Ricker: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 111, issue 3, 1851-1855
Abstract It is argued that counting the total number of times a scientific article is cited by others, does neither result in a proxy for its cognitive impact nor for its quality. One would have to distinguish at least substitutable and fundamental references. A supposed correlation between peer review assessments and citation counts is conceptually problematic, because peer review includes objective as well as subjective considerations (convictions). With refined methods, however, a differential citation analysis might be able in the future to answer if a given article did or did not have positive cognitive impact on subsequent research.
Keywords: Article impact; Article quality; Citation analysis; Peer review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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