Journal of Scientometric Research, 2016, 5, 2, 161-167.
Published: September 2016
Type: Perspective Paper
1Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2Department of Metallurgical Engineering; Kwara State Polytechnic, PMB 1375, Ilorin, Nigeria
The paper presents a study on analysis of citations made in the introduction section of articles that report empirical research. The attempt is to proceed with the validation that pertinence of citations in scientific articles is a core problem in citation analytics. Citations made in the introduction sections of research articles published in Nature weekly journal were studied. The entire research articles published from Volume 523 to 527 were studied. The result showed that the mean pertinence for the entire study is about 32%. Overall, about 68% of citations made in the introduction sections may not be applicable in the computation of effective impact of publications. It forms one of the first attempts to use empirical methods to determine pertinence of citations in scientific publications. Here in, the rationale for the study is identified