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ERIC Number: ED030363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 37
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The Use of Publication Citations in Educational Research.
Creager, John A.
This report explores the scope and limitations of the use of citations of published works as measures of the influential productivity of scientists, and suggests that publication citations be utilized for educational research. The Science Citation Index is a list of references (cited works), each of which is followed by a list of the sources (citing works) which cite it. There is no limitation of citations to domestic publications or to year of publication. Although the Index is primarily intended to be used as an information retrieval system, other potential uses are presented in the report. Counts of citations of published work measure the quality of a publication and of an individual's contribution to science. Data are presented which bear on the nature of citation counts and the usefulness of these counts in evaluating the statistical evaluation of experimental groups. The control of these groups includes control of the academic fields in which individuals work and publish. Although the extensive educational literature would be more difficult to index than scientific works, it is felt that the expansion of the Index to include nonscientific fields would increase the value of this research tool. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.