On an approach to boosting a journal’s citation potential
This study explored an approach to boosting a journal’s citation potential by proposing the Referenced Value of a journal (RFVj) as a new measure for evaluating a journal’s performance. Because RFVj can be defined once a journal has been published, it offers advantages regarding the properties of timeliness and certainty over traditional indicators such as journal impact factor (JIF) and the total number of citations of a journal. Additionally, RFVj has merits with both calculation simplicity and data reproducibility. Taking the underlying assumption that a journal’s long-term citations, which is used as a reliable proxy of a journal’s impact, can be obtained through a longer citation time window (CTW), we investigated the correlation between RFVj and a journal’s cumulative citation counts (a journal’s Times Cited, TCj) with a longer CTW. The results indicate that RFVj has a statistically significant correlation with TCj, based on which we argue that by improving its RFVj a journal can improve its TCj, namely a journal can boost its citation potential by improving its RFVj.
KeywordsCited half-life Journal impact factor Linked cited reference Long-term citations Referenced value Citation potential
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