, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 103-124

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Citations and scientific progress: Comparing bibliometric measures with scientist judgments

  • A. L. PorterAffiliated withSchool of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • , D. E. ChubinAffiliated withOffice of Technology Assessment, U. S. Congress
  • , Xiao-Yin JinAffiliated withShanghai Institute of Ceramics

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This project compares various bibliometric measures and scientists' own judgments. Publication and cittion data are compiled for two cohorts of chemists awarded Sloan Fellowships. Citation patterns differ substantially between most cited papers and those these authors identify as their “best.” Theoretical, empirical, and methodological papers are contrasted as well. In addition, temporal citation patterns show that recognition spreads beyond the research area of a particular paper to yield “cross-disciplinary” citation surprisingly rapidly. Results suggest the utility of studying citation patterns among the Institute for Scientific Information Subject Categories, but also caution against equating publication and citation counts with scientific progress.