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Are citations a complete measure for the impact of e-research infrastructures

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Publication date2013
Host publicationProceedings of ISSI 2013 Vienna: 14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference
EditorsJuan Gorraiz, Edgar Schiebel, Christian Gumpenberger, Marianne Hörlesberger, Henk Moed
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherAIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Number of pages16
ISBN (print)9783200031357
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This micro-level study explores the extent citation analysis provides an accurate and representative assessment of the use and impact of bioinformatics databases. The case study suggest that there is a relation between number of visits and number of citations. The second finding is that citation analysis underestimates acknowledged use by between 5 and 30% for most of the databases and applications studied. The paper discusses the implications of the findings for various aspects of impact measurement.