A new generation of relational charts for comparative assessment of citation impact

Wolfgang Glänzel, Andreas Schubert, Bart Thijs, Koenraad Debackere

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A common problem in comparative bibliometric studies at the meso and micro level is the differentiation and specialization of research profiles of the objects of analysis at lower levels of aggregation. In this study, institutional profile clusters are used to examine which level of the hierarchical subject classification should preferably be used to build subject-normalized citation indicators. It is shown that a set of properly normalized indicators can serve as a basis of comparative assessment within and even among different clusters, provided that their profiles still overlap and such comparison is thus meaningful. Using the example of 24 European universities, a new version of relational charts is presented for the comparative assessment of citation impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-379
Number of pages7
JournalArchivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008



  • Citation analysis
  • Relational charts
  • Scientometric indicators
  • Subject normalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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