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Analyzing the citation characteristics of books: edited books, book series and types of publishers in the Book Citation Index

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Presented at the 14th International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference held in Vienna, July 18, 2013. The full paper is available at arXiv:1305.1483

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Analyzing the citation characteristics of books: edited books, book series and types of publishers in the Book Citation Index

  1. 1. Authors: D Torres-Salinas, N Robinson-Garcia, A Cabezas-Clavijo & E Jiménez-Contreras Analyzing the Citation Characteristics of books: Edited books, book series and types of publishers in the Book Citation Index
  2. 2. One of the basic outcomes from bibliometrics is the characterization of citation patterns…. I. Introduction
  3. 3. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions SOME EXAMPLES  Cronin, Snyder & Atkins (1997) -> Top authors in journals vs. Books  Georgas & Cullars (2005) -> Citation habits in books for Humanities and Social Science  Tang (2008) -> Citation patterns between books and journals in different fields SMALL DATASETS!!! How do we characterize citations in books?
  4. 4. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions The Book Citation Index launched in 2011 offer the opportunity to analyze large datasets of books…. … across fields, languages, types of publishers, types of books, series, countries, etc.
  5. 5. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions ~> Time period 2005-2011 ~> Normalization of publisher variants Springer-Verlag Wien, Springer Pub Co -> SPRINGER ~> 4 fields -> Engineering & Technology, Arts & Humanities, Social Science and Science Data & Methods
  6. 6. “Undoubtedly, the creation of a Book Citation Index is a major challenge for the future and would be an expected by-product of the new electronic media.” II. The Book Citation Index Garfield, 1996
  7. 7. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions
  8. 8. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Distribution of books and citations among fields Engineering & Technology Arts & Humanities Science Social Science BOOKS CITATIONS
  9. 9. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Limitations of the BKCI ~> Bias towards English language publications 96% ~> Bias towards the UK and USA 75% ~> Great concentration of big publishers Springer, Palgrave & Routledge are 50%
  10. 10. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Objectives Which variables influence the citation patterns of books? I. Presence of editors. Edited vs. Non-Edited Books II. Inclusion in a series or collection. Series vs. Non Series Books III. Type of publisher. University Press vs. Academic Publisher vs. Commercial Publisher
  11. 11. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Edited vs. Non-Edited Books
  12. 12. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Series vs. Non Series Books
  13. 13. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions Type of Publisher
  14. 14. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions
  15. 15. I. Introduction II. The BKCI III. Results IV. Conclusions
  16. 16. Authors: D Torres-Salinas, N Robinson-Garcia, A Cabezas-Clavijo & E Jiménez-Contreras Analyzing the Citation Characteristics of books: Edited books, book series and types of publishers in the Book Citation Index Thank you! Nicolás Robinson García elrobin@ugr.es http://www.ugr.es/~elrobin @nrobinsongarcia

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