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Citation rates in mathematics: a study of variation by subdiscipline
 Lawrence SmolinskyAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics, Louisiana State University
 , Aaron LercherAffiliated withLSU Libraries, Louisiana State University Email author
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Variation of citation counts by subdisciplines within a particular discipline is known but rarely systematically studied. This paper compares citation counts for awardwinning mathematicians is different subdisciplines of mathematics. Mathematicians were selected for study in groups of rough equivalence with respect to peer evaluation, where this evaluation is given by the awarding of major prizes and grants: Guggenheim fellowships, Sloan fellowships, and National Science Foundation CAREER grants. We find a pattern in which mathematicians working in some subdisciplines have fewer citations than others who won the same award, and this pattern is consistent for all awards. So even after adjustment at the discipline level for different overall citation rates for disciplines, citation counts for different subdisciplines do not match peer evaluation. Demographic and hiring data for mathematics provides a context for a discussion of reasons and interpretations.
Keywords
Citation analysis Mathematics Subdisciplines Peer evaluation Awards Awardees Grants Grantees Title
 Citation rates in mathematics: a study of variation by subdiscipline
 Journal

Scientometrics
Volume 91, Issue 3 , pp 911924
 Cover Date
 201206
 DOI
 10.1007/s1119201206473
 Print ISSN
 01389130
 Online ISSN
 15882861
 Publisher
 Springer Netherlands
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 Citation analysis
 Mathematics
 Subdisciplines
 Peer evaluation
 Awards
 Awardees
 Grants
 Grantees
 Industry Sectors
 Authors

 Lawrence Smolinsky ^{(1)}
 Aaron Lercher ^{(2)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Department of Mathematics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA
 2. LSU Libraries, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA