The Institute for Scientific Information and the Science Citation Index

  • H. A. Abt
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 296)


The history, goals, and capabilities of the Science Citation Index, which is produced by the Institute for Scientific Information, are reviewed. Recent statistics and data about astronomy are given. We address questions such as the importance of self-citations, whether citations really measure importance, and whether citations in different fields can be fairly compared.


Impact Factor Science Citation Index Citation Count Journal Citation Report Social Science Citation Index 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Abt
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  1. 1.Kitt Peak National ObservatoryTucsonUSA

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