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Citation Analysis for Promotion & Tenure   Tags: citation, citation_analysis, faculty, faculty_resources, promotion, tenure  

This guide covers resources for conducting citation analysis, finding impact factors and journal rankings.
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is citation analysis?

Citation analysis is a way of measuring the relative importance or impact of an author, an article or a publication by counting the number of times that author, article, or publication has been cited by other works.

Why conduct citation analysis?

Citation analysis may be conducted for following purposes:

  • To establish the impact that a particular work has had by identifying which other authors based their work upon it or cited it within their own papers.
  • To learn more about a field or a topic by identifying seminal works in that area.
  • To determine what impact a particular author has had within his/her own discipline and beyond by looking at his/her total number of citations broken down by discipline and by country.
  • For promotion and tenure purposes by looking at the quality of sources where a scholar’s work has been published and cited

Commonly Used Terms and Definitions

Explanations of terms related to citation counts and journal rankings.


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    Google Scholar allows for the creation of email alerts to keep you notified of new publications. Here are a few of the reasons why you might want to create alerts:

    • To stay up to date on a topic of interest
    • To make sure you're notified when your name is included in a new publication
    • To track the citations to a particular article or author over time

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