, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 31–49

Identity-creators and image-makers: Using citation analysis and thick description to put authors in their place

  • Blaise Cronin
  • Debora Shaw

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015628320056

Cite this article as:
Cronin, B. & Shaw, D. Scientometrics (2002) 54: 31. doi:10.1023/A:1015628320056


We describe the steps involved in constructing authors" citation identities (whom they cite) and citation images (who cites them). Familiarity with the intellectual, social, and institutional connections of these authors over time helps inform the analysis and augment the specificity of citation counts. Our study shows that authors" writing and referencing styles constitute a form of watermark for their scholarly output.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaise Cronin
    • 1
  • Debora Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Bloomington School of Library and Information Science, Library 011 Indiana University School of Library and Information ScienceIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomington