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Minimum impact and immediacy of citations to physics open archives of arXiv.org: Science Citation Index based reports

Prakasan, E. R. and Anil Sagar, * and Kalyane, V. L. and Anil Kumar, * and Harnad, Stevan (2005) Minimum impact and immediacy of citations to physics open archives of arXiv.org: Science Citation Index based reports. [Preprint]

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The present work has calculated the minimum Open Archive Impact Factors and Open Archive Immediacy Index for the Physics Classes of arXiv.org as calculated for traditional journals in Journal Citation Reports of the Institute of Scientific Information using Science Citation Index without the citation by the classes itself. The calculated Impact Factors reveal that High-Energy Physics classes of arXiv.org (‘hep-th’, ‘hep-lat’, ‘hep-ex’, and ‘hep-ph’) have made more impact on the scientific community than any other classes except ‘nucl-ex’. The Impact Factors for the year 2003 are: ‘hep-th’ (0.999), ‘nucl-ex’ (0.806), ‘hep-lat’ (0.766), ‘hep-ex’ (0.73), ‘hep-ph’ (0.719), ‘nucl-th’ (0.338), ‘quant-ph’ (0.334), ‘cond-mat’ (0.313), ‘astro-ph’ (0.195), ‘math-ph’ (0.162), ‘physics’ (0.061), and ‘gr-qc’ (0.002). If the period for getting the citations to the open archive classes is considered one year as against two years for journal articles, the rank of the classes is the same. The immediacy of citing the Open Archives is also high for the High-Energy Physics classes. The Immediacy Indexes for the year 2003 are: ‘hep-ex’ (0.619), ‘hep-th’ (0.454), ‘hep-ph’ (0.44), ‘hep-lat’ (0.263), ‘nucl-ex’ (0.238), ‘quant-ph’ (0.202), ‘nucl-th’ (0.185), ‘cond-mat’ (0.168), ‘astro-ph’ (0.094), ‘math-ph’ (0.075), ‘physics’ (0.03), and ‘gr-qc’ (0.002). The impact is definitely much higher than what is concluded from the calculated factors because self-citations are not reckoned in the study. Use of web-tools like ‘Citebase’, ‘Citeseer’ etc. may strengthen the above argument.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:Open Archives; Citation Impact; Immediacy in Citing; Impact Factor; Immediacy Index; Physics Open Archives; arXiv.org; Open Archive Impact Factor; Open Archive Immediacy Index; Minimum Impact
Subjects:Electronic Publishing > Archives
ID Code:4272
Deposited By:Kalyane, V. L.
Deposited On:21 Apr 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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