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Is there a clubbing effect underlying Chinese research citation increases?
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2015)
  • Li Tang, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Philip Shapira, University of Manchester; Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jan Youtie, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract
There is increasing evidence that citations to Chinese research publications are rising sharply. A series of reasons have been highlighted in previous studies. This research explores another possibility—whether there is a “clubbing” effect in China's surge in research citations, in which a higher rate of internal citing takes place among influential Chinese researchers. Focusing on the most highly cited research articles in nanotechnology, we find that a larger proportion of Chinese nanotechnology research citations are localized within individual, institutional, and national networks within China. Both descriptive and statistical tests suggest that highly cited Chinese papers are more likely than similar U.S. papers to receive internal and localized citations. Tentative explanations and policy implications are discussed. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords
  • knowledge modeling,
  • nanotechnology,
  • publications,
  • citation,
  • China,
  • USA,
  • United States
Publication Date
March 5, 2015
Citation Information
Li Tang, Philip Shapira, and Jan Youtie. "Is there a clubbing effect underlying Chinese research citation increases?" Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2015). [Link]
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