Friday, March 18, 2011

B- Strange attractors in the Web of Science database

Strange attractors in the Web of Science database

Miguel A. García-Pérez

10.1016/j.joi.2010.07.006

Database citation index, offered by the established Web of Science, is under scrutiny in this study. Sophistication in calculation algorithms, seems not to be free of error and in Web of Science leads to “phantom citations” concentrating “strange attractors” around, especially, non-english authors and sources. The Hirsch h-index is also criticized for its robustness for omitting for instance: the number of authors and the placement in the list of authors; the number of publications, penalizes new scientists with a short career however important their discovery might be, therefore error of commission, missing citations, stray references “encourages the use of other platforms for the accrual of complete citation records”.

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