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Using Citation Analyses

Uses of citation analyses

Did you know:

  • How your research has been cited?
  • Who have commented on your publications? 
  • What kind of discussions you are “involved in” through your publications?

Citation analyses can also serve other purposes than evaluating research or individual researchers. They enable you to monitor how other researchers have cited your publications. It is also interesting to find out who have cited your articles. Which country, university or research institute are they from? Has your research influenced texts written in another language? Has your research been cited as confirmation of another author's hypotheses or does it contain new information that inspires other researchers?

Citation analyses may provide answers to these questions. Though they do not provide a full account of the effects of your research, they do reveal certain things about how much interest in your research your publications have generated.

In some rapidly developing fields, citations may accumulate quickly, but if you work in the humanities or social sciences, do not be disappointed if you garner no citations in the first couple of years, as it usually takes a few years for the first citations to appear. This is also partly due to the slow publishing practices in these fields, as well as the slowness of the peer review process.