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Field-normalized citation rate

Field-normalized citation rate is a widely used  indicator for measuring the impact of the publications in analysis. It gives a comparison between the raw number of citations for a publication and the World average for all publications from the same field, year and document type.

Field-normalized citation rate


Field-normalized citation rate makes it possible to compare publications from different fields, even though they may have very different publication – and citation patterns. The indicator is used in many analyses, e.g. the present national allocation model.

A field-normalized citation rate of 1 is equal to the world average, and e.g.  1.2 indicates that the publications have been cited 20% above the world average in the field.

The field-normalized citation rate is usually calculated based on fractionalized publications, i.e it is weighted based on the number of authors.

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Last updated: Tue Sep 02 11:37:55 CEST 2014