Thursday, 13 March 2008

TopCited Articles from SCOPUS

A fascinating tool from SCOPUS. TopCited lists the most cited articles by discipline over the past 3, 4 and 5 years. Well worth a look. A quick review provides evidence for the assertion that there are wide disciplinary differences in citation counts. Taking a sample of subjects of interest to BU and using the last fives year as a base (2004 - 2008) here are the results in descending order:


  1. Computer Science - most cited article 3322 citations

  2. Nursing - most cited article 369 citations

  3. Social Sciences - most cited article 212 citations

  4. Health Professions - most cited article 181 citations

  5. Economics, Econometrics and Finance - most cited article 175 citations

  6. Business, Management and Accounting - most cited article 175 citations

  7. Psychology - most cited article 170 citations

  8. Arts and Humanities - most cited article 125 citations



There is also some (slightly unscientific) evidence that the rate of accrual of citations varies between disciplines. Again listing the same subjects in descending order by rate of accrual:

  1. Psychology acquiring 100 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  2. Nursing acquiring 97.56 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  3. Economics, Econometrics and Finance acquiring 93.71 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  4. Health Professions acquiring 74.03 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  5. Business, Management and Accounting acquiring 53.14 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  6. Arts and Humanities acquiring 45.60 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  7. Social Sciences acquiring 43.87 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  8. Computer Science acquiring 33.99 % of year 5 citations by year 4


What do we learn? Well great care must be taken in comparing citation counts and there will be some challenges in trying to ascertain a norm for multi and inter disciplinary subjects.

Note the University does not currently subscibe to SCOPUS.

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