Assessing the impact of a highly-cited paper

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Abstract

The use of citation indicators to gauge impact in science has increased significantly in the last decades. Yet, in the normal sense of the word, the impact of a scientific paper is still largely elusive. This work presents the results of full textual analysis of all citations of a single highly-cited paper. For this purpose, a reference impact score RIS is defined, which is derived from the context and content of the citations. First results suggest that the RIS reflects the impact of the cited paper on the research in its citing articles. Low-RIS citations in particular are often perfunctory and redundant, whereas high-RIS citations reveal regularities that might be related to impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings
EditorsGiuseppe Catalano, Cinzia Daraio, Martina Gregori, Henk F. Moed, Giancarlo Ruocco
PublisherInternational Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
Pages1894-1899
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9788833811185
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period2/09/195/09/19

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    Alkemade, P. (2019). Assessing the impact of a highly-cited paper. In G. Catalano, C. Daraio, M. Gregori, H. F. Moed, & G. Ruocco (Eds.), 17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1894-1899). International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.