New Book: 'Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation' by Henk F. Moed

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 13:05:10 +0100

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Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 11:31:12 +0200
From: Ed Noyons

It is a great pleasure to announce the publication of my monograph:

    Henk F. Moed: 'Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation'
    (Springer, 2005. 350 pp. ISBN: 1-4020-3713-9).

Please find below a summary presenting its main lines and the table of
contents. For further information I refer to the CWTS website
( and to

Henk F. Moed
Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Leiden University, the Netherlands


Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation. By Henk. F. Moed
Springer, 2005. 350 pp. ISBN: 1-4020-3713-9.

This book is written for members of the scholarly research community,
and for persons involved in research evaluation and research policy.
More specifically, it is directed towards the following four main groups
of readers:

- All scientists and scholars who have been or will be subjected to a
quantitative assessment of research performance using citation analysis.

- Research policy makers and managers who wish to become conversant with
the basic features of citation analysis, and about its potentialities
and limitations.

- Members of peer review committees and other evaluators, who consider
the use of citation analysis as a tool in their assessments.

- Practitioners and students in the field of quantitative science and
technology studies, informetrics, and library and information science.

It deals with the evaluation of scholarly research performance, and
focuses on the contribution of scholarly work to the advancement of
scholarly knowledge. Its principal question is: how can citation
analysis be used properly as a tool in the assessment of such a

Citation analysis involves the construction and application of a series
of indicators of the 'impact', 'influence' or 'quality' of scholarly
work, derived from references cited in footnotes or bibliographies of
scholarly research publications. It describes primarily the use of data
extracted from the Science Citation Index and the Web of Science,
published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)/Thomson
Scientific. But many aspects to which this book dedicates attention
relate to citation analysis in general.

It provides a wide range of important facts, and corrects a number of
common misunderstandings about citation analysis. It introduces basic
notions and distinctions, and deals both with theoretical and technical
aspects, and with its applicability in various policy contexts, at the
level of individual scholars, research groups, departments,
institutions, national scholarly systems, disciplines or subfields, and
scholarly journals. Although the major part of the analysis relates to
the basic science - a domain in which citation analysis is used most
frequently - this book also addresses its uses and limits in the applied
and technical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

It reveals the enormous potential of quantitative, bibliometric analyses
of the scholarly literature for a deeper understanding of scholarly
activity and performance, and highlights their policy relevance. But
this book is also critical, underlines the limits of citation analysis
in research evaluation, and issues warnings for potential misuse. It
proposes criteria for proper use of citation analysis as a research
evaluation tool. In order to be used properly as a research evaluation
tool, it is essential that all participants have insight into the nature
of citation analysis, how its indicators are constructed and calculated,
what the various theoretical positions state about what they measure,
and what are their potentialities and limitations, particularly in
relation to peer review. This book aims at providing such insight.

Table of Contents
Preface ix
Executive Summary 1

Part 1 General Introduction and Main Conclusions 9
1 General Introduction 11
2 Basic Notions and General Conclusions 25
3 Synopsis 35

Part 2 Empirical and Theoretical Chapters 69

Part 2.1 Assessing Basic Science Research Departments and
Scientific Journals 69
4 Citation Analysis of Basic Science Research Departments 71
5 Citation Analysis of Scientific Journals 91

Part 2.2 The ISI Citation Indexes 107
6 Basic Principles, Citation Links and Terminology 109
7 ISI Coverage by Discipline 119
8 Implications for the Use of the ISI Citation Indexes in Research
Evaluation 137

Part 2.3 Assessing Social Sciences and Humanities 145
9 Differences between Science, Social Sciences and Humanities 147
10 Expanded Citation Analysis: A Case Study in Economics 153
11 A Case Study of Research Performance in Law 159

Part 2.4 Accuracy Aspects 167
12 Introductory Notes on Accuracy Issues 169
13 Accuracy of Citation Counts 173
14 Problems with the Names of Authors and Institutions, and with
  the Delimitation of Subfields 181

Part 2.5 Theoretical Aspects 191
15 What Do References and Citations Measure? 193
16 Towards a Theory of Citation: Some Building Blocks 209
17 Implications for the Use of Citation Analysis in Research
Evaluation 221

Part 2.6 Citation Analysis and Peer Review 227
18 Peer Review and the Use and Validity of Citation Analysis 229
19 Analysis of Peer Assessments of Research Departments 239
20 Analysis of a National Research Council 247

Part 2.7 Macro Studies 259
21 Did Global Scientific Publication Productivity Increase during
the 1980s and 1990s? 261
22 Measuring Trends in National Publication Output 271
23 Does International Scientific Collaboration Pay? 285
24 Do US Scientists Overcite Papers from their Own Country? 291

Part 2.8 New Developments 301
25 Development of New Indicators 303
26 Electronic Publishing, New Databases and Search Engines 313
27 Further Research 319

References 323

Index of Keywords, Cited Works and Cited Authors 337
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