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Can Web Citations Be a Measure of Impact? An Investigation of Journals in the Life Sciences

Liwen Vaughan, Debora Shaw,

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


We examine traditional and Web citations to journal articles in biology and genetics. There is significant correlation between citations in these two formats. Journals with higher numbers of Web citations tend to have more citations indicating intellectual impact (citations from papers or class readings, in contrast to citations from bibliographic services or the authorís or journalís home page). Web citations show a broader geographic coverage and capture a greater number and variety of uses of journal articles.

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