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Strategies to Maximize Your Citation Count Potential

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are a few ideas to keep in mind if you are trying to build higher citation counts.

  • Plan your publishing schedule to allow maximum exposure time for your publication in the journal, in databases, and in an open access institutional repository, if available.  The longer your publication is visible in these venues, the greater the likelihood it will come to the attention of other scholars.
  • Publish in journals that are well indexed in databases that contain citation searching capabilities. 
  • Publishing in an open access journal may increase citation counts because open access journals reach a larger audience than subscription access publishing. 

Selected Bibliography on Citation Analysis

The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. (2015) Higher Education Funding Council for England.,104463,en.html

Baskin,P. (2012).Top-Ranked Journals Are Losing Their Share of Top-Cited Articles. Percolator: A Chronicle of Higher Education Blog. Posted November 8, 2012.

Howard, J. (2012). Tracking scholarly influence beyond the impact factor. Chronicle of Higher Education. The Wired Campus blog. Posted February 28, 2012.

Lozano, G. A., Larivière, V., & Gingras, Y. (2012). The weakening relationship between the impact factor and papers' citations in the digital age. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(11), 2140-2145.

Tuchman, G. (2012). Commodifying the academic self. Inside Higher Ed. Posted February 6, 2012.

Derrick, G., Sturk, H., Haynes, A., Chapman, S., & Hall, W. (2010). A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities. Scientometrics, 84(2), 317-320. doi: 10.1007/s11192-009-0118-7

Lancho-Barrantes, B. S., Guerrero-Bote, V. P., & Moya-Anegón, F. (2010). What lies behind the averages and significance of citation indicators in different disciplines? Journal of Information Science, 36(3), 371-382. doi: 10.1177/0165551510366077

Sarli, C., Dubinsky, E., & Holmes, K. (2010). Beyond citation analysis: A model for assessment of research impact. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 98(1), 17-23.

Van Noorden, R. (2010). Metrics: A profusion of measures. Nature, 465(7300), 864-866. doi: 10.1038/465864a

Leydesdorff, L. (2009). How are new citation-based journal indicators adding to the bibliometric toolbox? Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 60(7), 1327-1336. doi: 10.1002/asi.21024

Pendlebury, David A. (2009). The use and misuse of journal metrics and other citation indicators.  Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis 57(1):1-11.

Schmoch, U., & Schubert, T. (2009). When and how to use bibliometrics as a screening tool for research performance. Science & Public Policy (SPP), 36(10), 753-762. doi: 10.3152/030234209x481978 (Full-text available freely at Browse by journal title and volume number or copy and paste article title into search screen.)

Holden, G., Rosenberg, G., & Barker, K. (2005). Bibliometrics: A potential decision making aid in hiring, reappointment, tenure and promotion decisions. Social Work in Health Care, 41(3/4), 67-92. doi: 10.1300/J010v41n03•03

Klein, W. C., & Bloom, M. (2005). Bibliometrics: The best available information? Social Work in Health Care, 41(3/4), 117-121. doi: 10.1300/J010v41n03•07

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and the The Scholarly Kitchen blog

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