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November 18, 2004

Citation Index

The 600 pound gorilla tackles scholarly citation indices. Hours of amusement. [Tip 'o the hat to Aaron Bergman.]

Posted by distler at November 18, 2004 1:20 AM

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Re: Citation Index

This guy’s articles are all about some sort of Confrontational Fields and 2D gravity.

2-D is so Commodore 64.

(always impressed, sir)

Posted by: Scott B on November 18, 2004 6:54 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Citation Index

Hi Jacques! Great news.

It’s actually not just a citation index - it’s a fulltext search engine through all articles - one that emphasizes the cited ones. Amazing.

All the best

Posted by: Lubos Motl on November 19, 2004 6:45 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Citation Index

Yes, I know. When I said “600 pound gorilla tackles …,” I meant it :-)

Posted by: Jacques Distler on November 19, 2004 10:25 AM | Permalink | PGP Sig | Reply to this

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This thing will be a boon to lazy, ignorant university administrators, reinforcing the Cult of the Citation. We all routinely see excellent articles that don’t get cited: articles that request us to learn some new technique, that aren’t written by a celebrity, that don’t suggest some easy calculation that we can do to knock off another paper. We put them aside and vow to come back to them, but somehow we never do. Which would be bad enough — but then we see that the young and immature among us actually buy into the Cult themselves, and begin to feel that their own work is only as good as its citation count. The result is work semi-consciously designed to garner citations, and nothing more pernicious to real, serious research can be imagined….

Posted by: serenus zeitblom on November 19, 2004 6:54 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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