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On the Information Contents of Indirect Citations

Kim-Sau Chung, Meng-Yu Liang and Melody Lo
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Kim-Sau Chung: HKBU, https://www.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/main/index.jsp
Meng-Yu Liang: Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, http://www.econ.sinica.edu.tw/english/
Melody Lo: HKBU, https://www.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/main/index.jsp

No 18-A008, IEAS Working Paper : academic research from Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract: Suppose there are more researchers in the mainstream than in the fringe. If researchers have only partial appreciation of the research conducted by the other group, then a citation index that is increasing in both direct and indirect citations will bias in favor of mainstream researchers. To correct for such a bias, a citation index should be increasing in direct citations but decreasing in indirect citations. More indirect citations suggests that a researcher’s direct citations should be discounted more, because he is more likely to come from the mainstream, and many of those who cite him are also mainstream researchers with many direct citations.

Keywords: : citations; research quality; index; influence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12
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