The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy

Maxime Sainte-Marie

On the citation gap of articles naming countries

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  • Philippe Mongeon, École de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication
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  • Adèle Paul-Hus, École de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Canada
  • Antoine Archambaut, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, École de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information
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  • Sarah Cameron-Pesant, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Canada
  • Maxime Sainte-Marie
  • Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, Univ Quebec Montreal, University of Quebec, University of Quebec Montreal, CIRST, OST, Canada

Titles of scholarly articles are generally a reflection of their content. They inform the reader about the methods, design, results or conclusion of the study, as well as on the context of the research. The mention of the name of a country, for example, provides a geographical contextualization of the article. In order to better understand the effect of these signaling devices on the reception of a study, this research in progress paper investigates the difference in citation rates of articles that mention a country in their title or abstract and articles that do not. It shows, using WoS-indexed papers published between 1996 and 2013, that mentioning a country in either the title or the abstract is associated with lower citation rates, and that this is observed for every country when all disciplines are combined. The gap in citation rates is also greater in Social Sciences than in other disciplines, which is likely due to their stronger focus on national issues.

Original languageEnglish
Publication year1 Jan 2017
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2017 - Wuhan, China
Duration: 16 Oct 201720 Oct 2017

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2017
CountryChina
CityWuhan
Period16/10/201720/10/2017

    Research areas

  • Citation analysis, Country-level studies, Research on local topics and issues

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