Universal Properties of Citation Distributions

When: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Filippo Radicchi
Organization: Senior Researcher, Departament d'Enginyeria Quimica, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

The use of bibliographic data for research evaluation plays a practical, and crucial, role in modern science. Citations between scientific publications are in fact commonly used as quantitative indicators for the importance of scientific papers, as proxies for the influence of publications in the scientific community. A citation is viewed as a tangible acknowledgment of the citing paper to the cited one. Thus, the more citations a paper has accumulated, the more influential the paper can be considered for its own scientific community of reference. The same unit of measure (i.e., a citation) is commonly used as the basis for the quantitative evaluation of individual scholars, journals, departments, universities and institutions, and even entire countries.