Hall or House of Mirrors? The citation perspective.

Kudos to the analysts at SCImago. They have provided an outstanding, entertaining and educational perspective on worldwide academic publishing. I'll focus here on only one aspect: citations. Although the United States is the leader in citations at 87M citations, it is a surprising laggard in self-citation (32% citations are self-citations). The leaders are China (62%), Lithuania (38%), and Iran (37%). However, in the domain of medicine, authors in the United States are considerably less reticent and rack up a self-citation rate of 47%, earning them second place. The map below of the subject areas of the USA publications indicates where the action is.

Hat tip: Peter Park


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