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Title
Yield sequences as journal attractivity indicators: payback times for Science and Nature
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Abstract
Purpose The yield period of a journal is defined as the time needed to accumulate the same number of citations as the number of references included during the period of study. Yield sequences are proposed as journal attractivity indicators describing dynamic characteristics of a journal. This paper aims to investigate their use. Design/methodology/approach As a case study the yield sequences of the journals Nature and Science from 1955 onward are determined. Similarities and dissimilarities between these sequences are discussed and factors affecting yield periods are determined. Findings The study finds that yield sequences make dynamic aspects of a journal visible, as reflected through citations. Exceptional circumstances (here the publication of Laemmli's paper in 1970 in the journal Nature) become clearly visible. The average number of references per article, the citation distribution and the size of the database used to collect citations are factors influencing yield sequences. Originality/value A new dynamic indicator for the study of journals is introduced.
Language
Dutch
Source (journal)
Journal of documentation / Aslib. - London, 1945, currens
Publication
London : 2008
ISSN
0022-0418 [print]
1758-7379 [online]
Volume/pages
64:2(2008), p. 229-245
ISI
000258733800005
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 27.05.2009
Last edited 01.11.2017
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