, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 1713–1729 | Cite as

Characterizing highly cited papers in Social Work through H-Classics

  • M. A. Martínez
  • M. Herrera
  • E. Contreras
  • A. Ruíz
  • E. Herrera-Viedma


Highly cited papers are an important reference point in a research field. H-Classics is a new identification method of highly cited papers that is based on the H-index and is sensitive to the own characteristics of any research discipline and also its evolution. Recently, Ho (Scientometrics 98(1):137–155, 2014) presented a study on highly cited papers in Social Work area using as selection criterion a citation threshold value equal to 50 citations received. In this paper, we present a new study on the highly cited papers in Social Work discipline which is developed using the concept of H-Classics. This new study provides more precise results and a different vision on Social Work area.


H-index Highly cited papers Bibliometric measures Social Work 



This research work has been developed with the financing of FEDER funds in FUZZYLING-II Project TIN2010-17876, SICONDEC project TIN2013-40658-P, and the Andalusian Excellence Projects TIC-05299 and TIC-5991. It is also supported by the UNIR Research Group: “Prospective Observatory of Social Policies and Intervention”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Martínez
    • 1
  • M. Herrera
    • 2
  • E. Contreras
    • 3
  • A. Ruíz
    • 3
  • E. Herrera-Viedma
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkInternational University of La Rioja (UNIR)La RiojaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Sociology III, Distance LearningUniversity of Spain (UNED)MadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of Library ScienceUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Computer Science and Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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