Comparison of Two Article-Level, Field-Independent Citation Metrics: Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) and Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)

13 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2018 Last revised: 7 Apr 2019

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Amrita Purkayastha

Elsevier B.V.

Eleonora Palmaro

Elsevier Science BV - Research Intelligence, The Netherlands

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski

Elsevier; Northwestern University

Jeroen Baas

Elsevier

Date Written: April 3, 2019

Abstract

We reproduce the article-level, field-independent citation metric Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) using the Scopus database, and extend it to all subject areas, beyond only the biomedical field. We compare the RCR to the Field- Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI), also an article-level, field-normalised metric, and present the first results of correlations, distributions and ap- plication to research university benchmarking for both metrics. Our anal- yses demonstrate that FWCI and RCR of articles correlate strongly across different areas of research. Additionally, we observe that both metrics are comparably stable across different subject areas of research. Moreover, at the level of universities, both metrics also correlate very strongly.

Keywords: Bibliometrics, FWCI, RCR, Citation Impact, Article-Level, Field-Normalisation, Field-Normalization, Research Metrics

Suggested Citation

Purkayastha, Amrita and Palmaro, Eleonora and Falk-Krzesinski, Holly and Baas, Jeroen, Comparison of Two Article-Level, Field-Independent Citation Metrics: Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) and Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) (April 3, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3237564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3237564

Amrita Purkayastha (Contact Author)

Elsevier B.V. ( email )

Netherlands

Eleonora Palmaro

Elsevier Science BV - Research Intelligence, The Netherlands ( email )

Netherlands

Northwestern University ( email )

Chicago
United States

Jeroen Baas

Elsevier ( email )

Radarweg 29
Amsterdam, 1043 NX
Netherlands

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