Advertisement

Response to Dr. Copiello’s comments on “The impact of video abstract on citation counts”

  • Qianjin ZongEmail author
Article
  • 15 Downloads

Abstract

This letter is a response to Dr. Copiello’s comments on “The impact of video abstract on citation counts”. Citation counts (with self-citations and without self-citations) of the control group and the experimental group were obtained manually via Scopus on 2nd June 2019. A negative binomial regression model was employed to examine the data. Literature studies were conducted to clarify motivations for creating video abstracts. The results of the current study are as followings. (1) Articles with video abstract (experimental group) compared to articles without video abstract (control group), while holding the other variables (number of authors, etc.) constant in the model, are expected to have a rate 1.241 times greater for citation counts without self-citations (vs. a rate 1.216 times greater for citation counts with self-citations). The reason is that the self-cited rate of the control group is slightly higher than the self-cited rate of the experimental group. (2) Motivations behind the behavior of creating video abstracts are not easily revealed through quantitative bibliometric methods. Instead, content (context) analysis, questionnaire surveys and interviewing scientists are more appropriate methods. Our literature studies reveal that the main motivations for authors to create video abstracts are helping readers to get a quick overview on an article, reaching out to a broader audience, improving an article’s visibility and presenting complex topics. Moreover, in general, authors are more likely to publish those articles they believe are of outstanding quality (or best representative of their research activities) in more prestigious journals rather than New Journal of Physics.

Keywords

Video abstract Citation counts Self-citation Motivations 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the Editor for giving us the opportunity to respond to Dr. Copiello’s comments on “The impact of video abstract on citation counts”. Dr. Copiello claims that the citation advantage of video abstracts may be a matter of self-citations and self-selection bias. This letter will explain the authors’ arguments to Dr. Copiello’s inquiry.

References

  1. Bornmann, L., & Daniel, H. D. (2008). What do citation counts measure? A review of studies on citing behavior. Journal of Documentation, 64(1), 45–80.  https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410810844150.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Carlisle, K., Sterbis, J., Do, P., & McMann, L. (2017). Author self-citation in the Urology literature. Journal of Urology, 197(4), E928–E928.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2017.02.2302.Google Scholar
  3. Costas, R., van Leeuwen, T. N., & Bordons, M. (2010). Self-citations at the meso and individual levels: Effects of different calculation methods. Scientometrics, 82(3), 517–537.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-010-0187-7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Glanzel, W., Thijs, B., & Schlemmer, B. (2004). A bibliometric approach to the role of author self-citations in scientific communication. Scientometrics, 59(1), 63–77.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Hyland, K. (2003). Self-citation and self-reference: Credibility and promotion in academic publication. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54(3), 251–259.  https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.10204.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Jamali, H. R., Nabavi, M., & Asadi, S. (2018). How video articles are cited, the case of JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments. Scientometrics, 117(3), 1821–1839.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-018-2957-6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Larcombe, A. N., & Voss, S. C. (2011). Self-citation: Comparison between Radiology, European Radiology and Radiology for 1997–1998. Scientometrics, 87(2), 347–356.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-010-0328-z.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Lin, W. Y. C., & Huang, M. H. (2012). The relationship between co-authorship, currency of references and author self-citations. Scientometrics, 90(2), 343–360.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-011-0523-6.MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Mckee, K. L. (2014). Do video abstracts increase the impact of scholarly articles? http://thescientistvideographer.com/wordpress/do-video-abstracts-increase-the-impact-of-scholarly-articles/. Accessed 11 June 2019.
  10. Oh, Y.-J., Oh, H.-J., Kim, C.-H., & Kim, Y. (2016). A study on the citation behavior by academic background of researchers. Journal of the Korean Society for information Management, 33(1), 247–268.  https://doi.org/10.3743/kosim.2016.33.1.247.MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Rohlfs, R. V. (2013). Familial [mis]identification rates and experiments in video. http://www.nielsenlab.org/2013/08/familial-misidentification-rates-and-experiments-in-video/. Accessed 6 June 2019.
  12. Silvestre, J., & Kamath, A. F. (2018). Prevalence and impact of self-citation in academic orthopedic surgery. American Journal of Orthopedics.  https://doi.org/10.12788/ajo.2018.0015.Google Scholar
  13. Spicer, S. (2014). Have you considered creating a video abstract to publicize a scientific article? https://www.researchgate.net/post/Have_you_considered_creating_a_video_abstract_to_publicize_a_scientific_article. Accessed 5 June 2019.
  14. Tabatabaei, N. (2013). Contribution of information science to other disciplines as reflected in citation contexts of highly cited JASIST papers. Montreal, QC: McGill University.Google Scholar
  15. Van Overmeire, B. (2018). What video abstracts can be. https://benvanovermeire.com/2018/04/20/what-video-abstracts-can-be/. Accessed 4 June 2019.
  16. Walsh, M. J. (2018). Creating video abstracts: a few hints and tips. https://tasa.org.au/blog/2018/08/30/creating-video-abstracts-a-few-hints-and-tips. Accessed 10 June 2019.

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouChina

Personalised recommendations