, Volume 8, Issue 3–4, pp 205–215 | Cite as

Effects of disciplines and countries on citation habits. An analysis of empirical papers in behavioural sciences

  • Lydia Lange


The theoretical introductions in empirical journal articles have been analyzed looking for factors determining citation habits. Own-country-biases and English-American predominance in citations were not regularly found. Preferred language of the cited publications and absolute citation frequencies were dependent upon both the disciplines and the countries where the journals are published. However, relative citation frequencies (citations related to the length of the text available) have been found to be rather constant across countries (within psychology and psychiatry, respectively) which indicates no such dependence.


Journal Article Behavioural Science Prefer Language Citation Frequency Empirical Paper 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lydia Lange
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  1. 1.Sektion Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsorganisation Humboldt-Universität Berlin (GDR)Berlin(GDR)

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