Tartu, Estonia: Estonia Research Council and COLLNET
This research attempts to identify the difference in occurrence frequencies and locations between author self-citations and citing others in scientific articles. 600 sample articles from 20 key environmental engineering journals published between 1999 and 2008 were analyzed manually to identify the location of author self-citations or citing others appearing in the introduction, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. The results show that self-citations are more common than citing others in the methods, results, and conclusion sections. It confirmed the persistence between original articles and references under the linkage of author self-citations. The self-citations or citing others in different locations of a journal article have varying strengths of mutual exclusion. The results suggest that for surveying the self-citing rationality, each articleâs introduction section could be a priority target.
9th International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics, and Scientometrics and 14th COLLNET Meeting Proceedings, pp.519-526