Scientometrics

, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 613–627 | Cite as

What do UK academics cite? An analysis of references cited in UK scholarly outputs

  • Claire Creaser
  • Charles Oppenheim
  • Mark A. C. Summers
Article

Abstract

This study used a bibliometric method to find quantitative evidence of publication and citing patterns within UK academia. The publications of a random sample of UK research—active academics for each of the years 2003 and 2008—were collected and analysed to gather data regarding referencing practices, along with any identifiable trends between the 2 years. References were categorised by type of material to show the proportions of each type used. Comparisons between the 2 years showed that the use of journal articles had increased. There was also an increase in the average number of publications per author. A large number of authors had no publications in the target years.

Keywords

Publication behaviour Research assessment Disciplinary differences Cited references 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Creaser
    • 1
  • Charles Oppenheim
    • 2
  • Mark A. C. Summers
    • 1
  1. 1.LISULoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.Department of Information ScienceLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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