Session coordinator: Péter Jacsó, University of Hawaii - Department of Information and Computer Sciences, USA
Where: 21. 5. 2007, 13.00 - 16.00, CERGE, Politických vězňů 7, 2nd floor, room no. 7
Autor: Péter Jacsó, University of Hawaii - Department of Information and Computer Sciences, USA
The concept of searching based on cited and citing references has been advocated since the 1950s, but until very recently it’s been available for scholarly literature searching only in the databases of the Institute for Scientific Information.
In the past few years several other indexing/abstracting and full text databases have been enhanced by cited references, including also the digital archives of some of the major scholarly publishers. Google Scholar (based on the model of autonomous citation indexing in the CiteSeer/ResearchIndex database) made citation-based searching widely popular by virtue of its open access - in spite of its significant content limitations and software deficiencies.
Searching by cited references and creating derivative bibliometric information, such as the absolute and relative citedness count of articles, offering links to citing papers, and to related articles based on the extent of common cited references, represent one of the most distinctive set of features of advanced search technology. Beyond the software capabilities much depends on the quantity and quality of cited references included in the database. For educated searching, information professionals must be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the citation-enhanced and citation-based databases.
The tutorial explains, reviews and illustrates the pros and cons, and the major content and software criteria related to the use of cited/citing references in the three largest multidisciplinary databases: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, and in the digital collections of some scholarly publishers.
Dr. Péter Jacsó is a professor at the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii. His research area includes such topics as citation analysis and the impact factor of scholarly journals, database quality, information retrieval software, open access databases, content and software evaluation of scholarly digital archives and digital reference sources. He has published several books, and conference papers, and wrote over 500 papers and reviews in professional and research publications. For further information see http://www2.hawaii.edu/~jacso/.