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Differences in citation frequency of clinical and basic science papers in cardiovascular research.

Opthof T - Med Biol Eng Comput (2011)

Bottom Line: It is also demonstrated that the groups of clinical and basic cardiovascular papers are also heterogeneous concerning citation frequency.It is concluded that none of the existing citation indicators appreciates these differences.At this moment these indicators should not be used for quality assessment of individual scientists and scientific niches with small numbers of scientists.

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In this article, a critical analysis is performed on differences in citation frequency of basic and clinical cardiovascular papers. It appears that the latter papers are cited at about 40% higher frequency. The differences between the largest number of citations of the most cited papers are even larger. It is also demonstrated that the groups of clinical and basic cardiovascular papers are also heterogeneous concerning citation frequency. It is concluded that none of the existing citation indicators appreciates these differences. At this moment these indicators should not be used for quality assessment of individual scientists and scientific niches with small numbers of scientists.

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Citation of 381 clinical investigation reports and 186 basic investigation reports published by Circulation in 1998 and cited between 1998 and 2006 (see text for explanation of the selection of the papers; the set cannot easily be retrieved from the Web of Science by lack of congruence between the indexing by the editor of Circulation and indexing by the Web of Science of Thomson Reuters
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Fig4: Citation of 381 clinical investigation reports and 186 basic investigation reports published by Circulation in 1998 and cited between 1998 and 2006 (see text for explanation of the selection of the papers; the set cannot easily be retrieved from the Web of Science by lack of congruence between the indexing by the editor of Circulation and indexing by the Web of Science of Thomson Reuters

Mentions: Figure 4 shows the number of papers in the two categories (n = 381 and n = 186) along the abscissa, ranked from most frequently cited to not cited. The larger number of papers in the clinical category as well as the higher number of citations is obvious (compare thin and fat lines). The difference in citation between the two categories was significant (Wilcoxon signed rank test, P < 0.0005). The average citation of all 567 papers was 84 ± 3.8 (mean ± SEM) over the period 1998–2006.Fig. 4


Differences in citation frequency of clinical and basic science papers in cardiovascular research.

Opthof T - Med Biol Eng Comput (2011)

Citation of 381 clinical investigation reports and 186 basic investigation reports published by Circulation in 1998 and cited between 1998 and 2006 (see text for explanation of the selection of the papers; the set cannot easily be retrieved from the Web of Science by lack of congruence between the indexing by the editor of Circulation and indexing by the Web of Science of Thomson Reuters
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Fig4: Citation of 381 clinical investigation reports and 186 basic investigation reports published by Circulation in 1998 and cited between 1998 and 2006 (see text for explanation of the selection of the papers; the set cannot easily be retrieved from the Web of Science by lack of congruence between the indexing by the editor of Circulation and indexing by the Web of Science of Thomson Reuters
Mentions: Figure 4 shows the number of papers in the two categories (n = 381 and n = 186) along the abscissa, ranked from most frequently cited to not cited. The larger number of papers in the clinical category as well as the higher number of citations is obvious (compare thin and fat lines). The difference in citation between the two categories was significant (Wilcoxon signed rank test, P < 0.0005). The average citation of all 567 papers was 84 ± 3.8 (mean ± SEM) over the period 1998–2006.Fig. 4

Bottom Line: It is also demonstrated that the groups of clinical and basic cardiovascular papers are also heterogeneous concerning citation frequency.It is concluded that none of the existing citation indicators appreciates these differences.At this moment these indicators should not be used for quality assessment of individual scientists and scientific niches with small numbers of scientists.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT
In this article, a critical analysis is performed on differences in citation frequency of basic and clinical cardiovascular papers. It appears that the latter papers are cited at about 40% higher frequency. The differences between the largest number of citations of the most cited papers are even larger. It is also demonstrated that the groups of clinical and basic cardiovascular papers are also heterogeneous concerning citation frequency. It is concluded that none of the existing citation indicators appreciates these differences. At this moment these indicators should not be used for quality assessment of individual scientists and scientific niches with small numbers of scientists.

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