Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2020, Vol. 5 ›› Issue (2): 1-12.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2020-0011

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Describing Citations as a Function of Time

Xiaojun Hu1, Xian Li1, Ronald Rousseau2,3,()   

  1. 1Medical Information Center, and Department of Neurology of Affiliated Hospital 2, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou 310058, China
    2Facultair Onderzoekscentrum ECOOM, MSI, KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 61, Leuven B-3000, Belgium
    3Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp B-2020, Belgium
  • Received:2020-02-09 Revised:2020-04-03 Accepted:2020-04-07 Online:2020-05-20 Published:2020-05-24
  • Contact: Ronald Rousseau


Purpose: Providing an overview of types of citation curves.

Design/methodology/approach: The terms citation curves or citation graphs are made explicit.

Findings: A framework for the study of diachronous (and synchronous) citation curves is proposed.

Research limitations: No new practical applications are given.

Design/methodology/approach: This short note about citation curves will help readers to make the optimal choice for their applications.

Originality/value: A new scheme for the meaning of the term “citation curve” is designed.

Key words: Citation curves, Citation graphs, Diachronous and synchronous functions, Size-dependent and size-independent indicators, Knowledge domains, Growth