Can scientific journals be classified based on their ‘citation profiles’?

  • Sayed-Amir Marashi Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Amir Pandi School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Hossein Shariati School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Hossein Zamani-Nasab Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Narges Damavandi Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Mahshid Heidari Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Salma Sohrabi-Jahromi Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Arvand Asghari Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Saba Aslani Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Narjes Nakhaee Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Mohammad Hossein Moteallehi Ardakani Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: scientific journals, journal classification, journal type, citation analysis, citation profiles

Abstract

Classification of scientific publications is of great importance in biomedical research evaluation. However, accurate classification of research publications is challenging and normally is performed in a rather subjective way. In the present paper, we propose to classify biomedical publications into superfamilies, by analysing their citation profiles, i.e. the location of citations in the structure of citing articles. Such a classification may help authors to find the appropriate biomedical journal for publication, may make journal comparisons more rational, and may even help planners to better track the consequences of their policies on biomedical research.

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Published
2013-03-27