Knowledge dissemination is the underlying purpose of scientific research. Citations are the means by which new research builds upon prior research. Also, citations are a means by which the reach of dissemination may be measured. This study investigated six Web of Science marine and freshwater biology category journals to identify factors that contribute to long-term (10 year) citation counts. In doing so, it provides insight into important factors contributing to knowledge dissemination in the field of marine science. Factors considered in this study included country of origin of institution of lead author, publication type, distinct citing journals, citations within an early time frame (< 5 years), highest impact factor of early citing journals, and whether or not the first citation was a self-citation. Using Scopus’ article database, 340 marine science articles originating from six different journals were analyzed. I found that publication type, number of distinct citing journals, highest impact factor of early citing journals, and whether of not the first citation was a self-citation are factors that affect long-term citation counts. Country of origin of institution of lead author and the number of citations an article receives within an early time frame did not influence long-term citation counts. Ultimately, These findings are compiled into a list of suggestions for students and researchers on how to maximize the long-term visibility and reach of their research.
Nash, Joshua Ryan, "Contributing factors to long-term citation count in marine and freshwater biology journals" (2016). Internship Reports (Restricted). 99.
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