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1 Why are there differences in citation impact? Some success factors in gaining citation impact Michael Norris

2 The Anna Karenina Principle Tolstoy’s first sentence in Anna Karenina: ‘All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is un-happy in its own way.’ Tolstoy, L Anna Karenina. Trans. Maude, L & Maude A. Oxford: University Press Bornmann, L. & Marx, W The Anna Karenina Principle: a way of thinking about success in science. JASIST 63(10),

3 Or making films in Hollywood William Goldman ‘ Nobody knows anything’ Goldman, W Adventures in the screen trade:: a personal view of Hollywood and screenwriting. London: Abacus

4 Factors which can affect citation impact Journal Prestige Collaboration Matthew and Matilda Effects

5 Journal Impact Factors / SCImago Journal Rank In journals indexed by WoS or Scopus Overall the higher the impact the better But to the right audience Who will cite you

6 Data - University of Surrey & 1994 Group Subject areas made up from faculties Mean JIF Mean citation rate Significant correlation 0.64 to 0.69* Institution Avg IFAvg cites York Imperial Exeter E Anglia Lancaster Leicester Holloway Bath Durham Surrey Reading Sussex Birkbeck Q Mary St Andrews Loughborough1.234 Essex * SubjectPearsonSpearman Eng/Physical Business/Econ

7 Collaboration Domestic International Countries

8 China & UK International Impact InCites - Thomson Reuters

9 UK Mathematics - Impact

10 InCites - Thomson Reuters UK Chemistry - Impact

11 Collaboration Data - SCImago Journal and Country Rank

12 Mean citation count by publication status AllInternationalNationalNational ExtNational Int Cardiff Sheffield Southampton Surrey Collaboration - Electronic Engineering Data – Thomson Reuters Web of Science

13 The End! AllInternationalNationalNational ExtNational Int E Anglia Leicester Surrey Sussex Collaboration - Chemistry Mean citation count by publication status Data – Thomson Reuters Web of Science

14 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath …. Matthew 13:12 Merton, R.K The Matthew effect in science. Science 159(3810), Matthew and Matilda Effects

15 Success breeds success The rich get richer and the poor get poorer

16 Mathew and Matilda Effect Source – SciVal Strata

17 Mathew and Matilda Effect Source – SciVal Strata

18 The End! Michael Norris University of Surrey


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