Impact of Excessive Journal Self-Citations: A Case Study on the Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica Journal

TitleImpact of Excessive Journal Self-Citations: A Case Study on the Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica Journal
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJong Yong Abdiel, F
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination65-73
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
Accession Number58456537
KeywordsAuthorship , BIBLIOGRAPHICAL , Bibliometric , Case , Citations , DATABASES , ENGINEERING , impact , indexing , SCIENCE , SOCIAL sciences
AbstractThere is an increasing trend towards assessing the scientific performance of researchers and institutions of higher learning in the form of journal publications and the associated citations. Currently, the journal impact factor (JIF) value is the most widely used measure for any academic contents. Recently, a Swiss journal, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica which has a JIF value of 0.655 in the year 2006 registers a remarkable JIF increment (of 119%) to 1.439 in the year 2007. It is believed that the journal can achieve such a prominent JIF improvement by publishing a single editorial article that self-cited 66 of its own articles published either in the year 2005 or 2006. The article looks at the circumstances behind the publication of this article, and explores the possible ethical implications or lessons that can be derived from this incident.
NotesJong Yong Abdiel Foo 1,2; Email Address: abdielfoo@hotmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Division of Research, Singapore General Hospital, 31 Third Hospital Avenue, Bowyer Block A Level 3, Outram Road, Singapore 169608, Singapore 2: Bioprocessing Technology Institute, Agency for Science Technology and Research, 20 Biopolis Way, #06-01 Centros, Singapore 138668, Singapore; Source Info: Mar2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p65; Subject Term: CASE studies; Subject Term: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL citations; Subject Term: DATABASES; Subject Term: IMPACT factor (Citation analysis); Subject Term: INDEXING; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bibliographical database; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bibliometric data; Author-Supplied Keyword: Citations; Author-Supplied Keyword: Indexing; Number of Pages: 9p; Illustrations: 1 Chart, 2 Graphs; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-009-9177-7
Short TitleImpact of Excessive Journal Self-Citations: A Case Study on the Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica Journal
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