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Scientometrics

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 263–277 | Cite as

A concise review on the role of author self-citations in information science, bibliometrics and science policy

  • Wolfgang Glänzel
  • Koenraad Debackere
  • Bart Thijs
  • András Schubert
Article

Summary

The objective of the present study is twofold: (1) to show the aims and means of quantitative interpretation of bibliographic features in bibliometrics and their re-interpretation in research policy, and (2) to summarise the state-of-art in self-citation research. The authors describe three approaches to the role of author self-citations and possible conflicts arising from the different perspectives. From the bibliometric viewpoint we can conclude that that there is no reason for condemning self-citations in general or for removing them from macro or meso statistics; supplementary indicators based on self-citations are, nonetheless, useful to understand communication patterns.

Keywords

Science Policy Citation Analysis Citation Behaviour Citation Impact Bibliometric Indicator 
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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Glänzel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Koenraad Debackere
    • 1
  • Bart Thijs
    • 1
  • András Schubert
    • 2
  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Steunpunt O&O StatistiekenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Science Policy ResearchBudapestHungary

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