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ERIC Number: ED048864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Pages: 52
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Citation Patterns in Information Science.
Fenichel, Carol Jane
Within the field of information science there is a significant difference between the citation patterns of journal articles and reports, in that both types of publication show a strong "same-channel" tendency; i.e., journal articles cite journal articles more than reports cite journal articles, and reports cite reports more than journal articles cite reports. The frequency of citation of the three less-used types of publication: books, proceedings, and theses are very similar, whether they are cited by journal articles or reports. No trend toward citation of a more informal precedent literature, such as personal communications and memoranda, was discernable. In the information science literature, 80% of the citations are less than five years old. Both journal articles and reports cite literature that, on the average, is less than two years old, indicating that reports and journal articles are equally up-to-date at the time of their publication. When the age distribution of the citations in journal articles is grouped by type of publication, the order of increasing age is: reports and proceedings (the same), journals, and books. In reports, cited reports, proceedings, and journal articles are of equal age, but cited books are older. (Author/NH)
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Note: Masters Thesis