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  • 1 Programa de Pós-graduação em Ecologia e Evolução, Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Rodovia Goiânia-Nerópolis km 5, Campus II, Setor Itatiaia, PO Box 131, Goiânia, GO CEP 74001-970, Brazil
  • | 2 Campus Nova Andradina, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Mato Grosso do Sul, Nova Andradina, MS Brazil
  • | 3 Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos, SP Brazil
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Abstract  

Citation frequency has been considered a biased surrogate of publication merit. However, previous studies on this subject were based on small sample sizes and were entirely based on null-hypothesis significance testing. Here we evaluated the relative effects of different predictors on citation frequency of ecological articles using an information theory framework designed to evaluate multiple competing hypotheses. Supposed predictors of citation frequency (e.g., number of authors, length of articles) accounted for a low fraction of the total variation. We argue that biases concerning citation are minor in ecology and further studies that attempt to quantify the scientific relevance of an article, aiming to make further relationships with citation, are needed to advance our understanding of why an article is cited.

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Scientometrics
Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
1978
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)