Re: E-publish or perish

Michael John Evans (g8726246@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Mon, 13 Jun 1994 10:08:46 -0400

JOhn Mcreery suggests a technique for determining 'value' (my word, not
his) of publications by the "how-often-citen-criterion". The problem with
this criteria are many: The main Index (Social Sciences Citation Index)
only reveiws certain jounals/periodicals, not all; An author can cite
her/him self over and over again, thus increasing their own citations
frequencies; There is so much to read, that those with time limitations
tend to read in limited journal-circles, and thus cite from a limited
pool. I think a better measure (more subjective, less statistically
measurable, but hey, I'm a cultural anthropologist) is the quality and
relevance of the writing/argument/subject matter of the specific article.
In part this can be determined by reading the articles, and in part by
the kind of debate/response that the article generates (so partly
citation-frequencies, but also the quality/type of the responses).
Heather Y-L

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