Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2019, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (4): 84-95.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2019-0022

• Research Paper • Previous Articles    

Are Contributions from Chinese Physicists Undercited?

Jinzhong Guo1,2,Xiaoling Liu1,Liying Yang2,Jinshan Wu3,()   

  • Received:2019-09-23 Revised:2019-10-07 Online:2019-12-11 Published:2019-12-19
  • Contact: Jinshan Wu


Purpose: In this work, we want to examine whether or not there are some scientific fields to which contributions from Chinese scholars have been under or over cited.

Design/methodology/approach: We do so by comparing the number of received citations and the IOF of publications in each scientific field from each country. The IOF is calculated from applying the modified closed system input-output analysis (MCSIOA) to the citation network. MCSIOA is a PageRank-like algorithm which means here that citations from the more influential subfields are weighted more towards the IOF.

Findings: About 40% of subfields in physics in China are undercited, meaning that their net influence ranks are higher (better) than the direct rank, while about 75% of subfields in the USA and German are undercited

Research limitations: Only APS data is analyzed in this work. The expected citation influence is assumed to be represented by the IOF, and this can be wrong.

Practical implications: MCSIOA provides a measure of net influences and according to that measure. Overall, Chinese physicists’ publications are more likely overcited rather than being undercited.

Originality/value: The issue of under or over cited has been analyzed in this work using MCSIOA.

Key words: Input-Output Analysis, Scientific impact, Citation networks