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- Ten citation classics from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (editorial)
Smith, Derek R.;
Leggat, Peter A.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Health Sciences
- Tracking references to ascertain where and when they were later cited was first suggested by Eugene Garfield in 1955 as a means to facilitate the dissemination and retrieval of scientific literature. The process is now undertaken by Thomson Scientific, a commercial company formerly known as the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). It continuously monitors the reference lists of around 5,000 ISI-listed journals,containing approximately 15 million articles per year. Not all articles are cited at the same rate, however, and the term ‘citation classics’ was first described in 1977 to indicate individual papers that had collected an unusually large number of citations over time and had been recognised by the ISI’s indexing systems. Aside from poor correlations between ground-breaking research and citation counts, the sheer diversity of our discipline combined with the long time lag of many relevant diseases makes it difficult to quickly recognise important research findings in public health. For those interested in citation analysis, this means that many papers in our field will often go unrecognised and uncited for many years. On the other hand, it has been noted that public health is still an extremely diverse discipline that covers and incorporates numerous interwoven specialties. This ensures that, while journal articles in our field may not attract high citation rates, the critical importance of public health as a profession and the research it supports should never be under-estimated.
- Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health Vol. 32, Issue 2, p. 105-106
- Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
- Resource Type
- journal article