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QuestionWhat does "References Weight" refers to?
Solution Our web-site visitors may see at the end of every published paper the complete list of references used by the authors for elaborating the respective paper, together with the number of citations in Web of Science and SCOPUS, where available. Every reference is processed manually in order to avoid typos and to find out the correct DOI record.

Measuring the quality of references for a paper may be a difficult task. We introduced - for the first time in scientific publishing, a so-called term "References Weight". We calculate, for every paper, the total number of citations for several well-known international databases, and the average number of citations per reference.

The quality of references is an indication of the work the authors did in order to link their published research results to already published works. Good quality references guide a potentially interested reader to the central sources for the respective domain. A high number of citations indicate good quality references. Contrarily, a reduced number of citations or the absence of the respective journal paper from the databases might be an indication of a poor paper. The average number of citations per reference could be considered an indication of the references quality.

Note1: Web of Science® is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters.
Note2: SCOPUS® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V.
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Article ID: 75
Category: Knowledgebase
Date added: 2011-12-11 12:10:11
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