Going Beyond Counting First Authors in Author Co-citation Analysis

Zhao, Dangzhi Going Beyond Counting First Authors in Author Co-citation Analysis., 2005 . In 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), Charlotte (US), 28 October - 2 November 2005. [Conference paper]


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The present study examines one of the fundamental aspects of author co-citation analysis (ACA) - the way co-citation counts are defined. Co-citation counting provides the data on which all subsequent statistical analyses and mappings are based, and we compare ACA results based on two different types of co-citation counting - the traditional type that only counts the first one among a cited work's authors on the one hand and a non-traditional type that takes into account the first 5 authors of a cited work on the other hand. Results indicate that the picture produced through this non-traditional author co-citation counting contains more coherent author groups and is therefore considerably clearer. However, this picture represents fewer specialties in the research field being studied than that produced through the traditional first-author co-citation counting when the same number of top-ranked authors is selected and analyzed. Reasons for these effects are discussed.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: citation analysis ; non-primary authors
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > EZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Norm Medeiros
Date deposited: 10 Feb 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:02
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/7041


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