Journal article

Getting cited: A reconsideration of purpose

W DAVIES, A Calma

Australian Universities Review | National Tertiary Education Union | Published : 2017

Abstract

Michael Calver's recent exhortation "Please Don't Aim for a Highly Cited Paper" (AUR, 57(1): pp. 45-49) is welcome and a timely reminder of the problems associated with seeking citations at any cost. While not disagreeing with the concerns he raises we offer another way of looking at citation-seeking; thereby outlining a reconsideration of its purpose. We suggest that citations indirectly help to shape the terrain of a discipline. By providing an analysis of citation data from two key higher education journals, we show how citations are a measure of the "geography" of a discipline, i.e., the networks of influence of key thinkers and the keywords that reveal scholarly interests and practices...

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