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Authors and their citations: a point of view

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This letter describes how a large number of citations for particular publications are pleasing but how a low number is not, especially when the author thinks that some of the latter publications are just as, if not more, important than the former. If an author looks up his/her citations in Google Scholar, he or she may be in for a shock. One might assume that one would be pleased with the recognition given to some of them as shown by the high number of citations, and disappointed by the lack of recognition given to others. Well, in my case, it is worse than that! I looked up the fate (in terms of the number of citations) of over 500 or so books and articles that I have published since 1964. Happily some of these have been highly cited. But, to my surprise, some pieces that I felt had made major contributions were hardly cited at all.

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Hartley, J. Authors and their citations: a point of view. Scientometrics 110, 1081–1084 (2017).

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