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Citation analysis needs to take collaboration into account


Adjusting for group dynamics will aid apportioning of credit, say Jonathan Adams and Ross Potter

If there is one thing academics want from their research it’s credit. The more often their papers are cited, the more important it becomes to attribute credit correctly. If anything, this is becoming more difficult. Research article authorship is proliferating, multi-author papers garner more citations, and ideas about calculating credit differ. 

It’s not just researchers who are affected. Credit calculated for individuals compounds to institutions and countries, feeding into research evaluations and influencing future funding.

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