Improved author profiling through the use of citation classes

Bart Thijs, Koenraad Debackere, W. Glänzel

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The method of Characteristic Scores and Scales (CSS), previously developed for application at the macro- and meso-level, has been applied to individual author statistics. In particular, two datasets have been used. Firstly, authors with Thomson Reuters Researcher-ID, independently of the field where authors are publishing and, secondly, authors who are active in the field of scientometrics, independently whether they are registered authors or not. The objective is to find a parameter-free solution for citation-impact assessment at this level of aggregation that is insensitive to possible outliers. As in the case of any statistics, the only limitation is the lower bound, which has been set to 10 for the present analysis. The results demonstrate the usefulness of the CSS method at this level while also pointing to some remarkable statistical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-839
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


  • Characteristic scores and scales
  • Citation classes
  • Evaluatieve bibliometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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