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Article age- and field-normalized tools to evaluate scientific impact and momentum

Edgar D. Zanotto () and Vinicius Carvalho ()
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Edgar D. Zanotto: Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar
Vinicius Carvalho: Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar

Scientometrics, 2021, vol. 126, issue 4, No 7, 2865-2883

Abstract: Abstract The Field Weighted Citation Index (FWCI) is an article age- and field-normalized metric to evaluate scientific visibility and impact. The Topic Prominence Percentile (TPP) is another parameter that allegedly measures an article’s “momentum.” Both are available at SciVal and are thought-provoking but have been scarcely used by the community, partially because it is very time-consuming to collect these parameters, paper by paper. In this article, we created and tested a computer code that can efficiently harvest the FWCI and TPP of articles of any chosen researcher, research group, or institution from the Scopus database. After collecting the desired data, our algorithm computes the sum, mean and standard deviation, mode, and median. It also calculates an alternative metric, proposed here, i.e., a normalized parameter that divides each FWCI by the number of authors of that article and then produces similar metrics. We first used the new algorithm to collect an article dataset from a selected researcher, used as an example, who has published 226 articles since 2000. The automated data collection task took 35 min versus 4 h manually. To demonstrate the power of this approach, we present the most relevant results. For instance, 20% of this researcher’s papers have achieved very high visibility, an FWCI ≥ 2. Surprisingly, however, his articles of the highest FWCI are not the most cited. His 20 oldest papers have a similar FWCI to the 20 newest, showing that his scientific output reached a steady-state long ago. Moreover, we discovered that the papers of the highest FWCI have a higher share (65%) of international collaborators than the articles of the lowest FWCI (

Keywords: FWCI; Field-weighted citation index; Topic prominence percentile; Impact; Visibility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-021-03877-3

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