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Should self-citations be included or excluded from measures of academic performance?

Public Policy Group, LSE (2014) Should self-citations be included or excluded from measures of academic performance? Impact of Social Sciences Blog (29 Jul 2014). Website.

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Abstract

There has been much discussion over how useful citation metrics, like Google Scholar’s H-index, really are and to what extent they can be gamed. Specifically there appears to be concern over the practice of self-citation as it varies widely between disciplines. So what should academics make of self-citations? Referring back to our Handbook on Maximising the Impact of Your Research, the Public Policy Group assess the key issues and advise that self-citations by researchers and teams are a perfectly legitimate and relevant aspect of disciplinary practice. But individuals should take care to ensure their own self-citation rate is not above the average for their particular discipline.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 12:18
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71408

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