Quality & Quantity

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 1513–1530 | Cite as

Factors affecting citation networks in science and technology: focused on non-quality factors

  • Minho So
  • Jiyoung Kim
  • Sangki Choi
  • Han Woo Park


This paper analyses citations of journal articles to find out key bibliographic factors that have an effect on citation. It helps to understand the degree of measurable factors which affects to impact factor by scale and correlation analysis between each factors. It ensures moderating variables work to increase impact factor as a moderating effect. Five factors can be measured—the number of authors, the number of affiliations, the number of references, the number of pages, and the number of keywords—were selected. We found that five bibliographic factors have positive effects on citation. All of common bibliographic items, such as subject, nation, year showed general effects in the analysis to examine if the moderating variables increase or decrease the effects on bibliographic factors.


Bibliometrics Citation analysis Factors affecting article citations Moderating effect Academic journal policy 



This paper is part of dissertation entitled “Factors Affecting Citations in Science and Technology” under the supervision of Sangki Choi and the previous version of this paper was presented at Daegu Gyeongbuk International Social Network Conference in South Korea (December, 2013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minho So
    • 1
  • Jiyoung Kim
    • 2
  • Sangki Choi
    • 1
  • Han Woo Park
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Library and Information ScienceChonbuk National UniversityJeonju-siSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Media and CommunicationYeungnam UniversityGyeongsan-siSouth Korea

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