There are a variety of methods used by the ICTS Tracking & Evaluation team to assess the impact of ICTS publications on scientific and scholarly work. One way to assess the impact of an ICTS member’s research is to chart the number of times a publication is cited by subsequent publications in the peer-reviewed literature [Garfield, PMID 14385826 and Sarli, PCMID PMC2801963].
There were approximately 4,281 unique peer-reviewed publications authored in 2015 by ICTS members indexed in Elsevier Scopus (publication types: 3,582 articles, 163 conference papers, 502 reviews and 34 short surveys). There were 11,174 citations for the 2015 publications noted in Elsevier Scopus as of June 2016 with an average of 2.6 citations per publication. The publication with the highest citation count garnered 212 citations, with six publications having more than 90 citations each. 2,520 of the 2015 publications have been cited at least once since June 2016.
Percentile and Average Citation Rates
The top 50 cited publications in Elsevier Scopus were also compared to Thompson Reuters Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators (ESI) for further citation analysis.
According to ESI, as of June 2016, the average citation rate for a paper published in 2015 for all fields/disciplines is 1.12. The top 50 cited publications authored by ICTS members in 2015 exceeded average citation rates. A publication published in 2015 that garners 11 citations as of June 2016 falls in the top 1% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines. All top 50 publications authored by ICTS members in 2015 were in the top 1% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines with at least 25 citations. The highest citation count was 154. Eight of the top 50 publications were in the top 0.01% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines with 89 or more citations each.
"Hot Papers” as defined by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators are publications that are recognized by frequent citations within two years of publication. Hot papers are an indicator of exceptional research importance and are often key papers in their fields. Since the publications are evaluated in relationship to others in their specific field and is a measure of significance at a particular moment in time, the ICTS Tracking & Evaluation team repeats this analysis annually to track citation patterns over time.
Research Front Papers (formerly known as Core Papers)
Research Front papers represent emerging areas in the research landscape. They are determined by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, which takes the set of highly cited papers and performs a cluster analysis of co-citations (being cited in conjunction with other highly cited papers). Since this is another indicator of scientific research impact, the ICTS Tracking & Evaluation team repeats this analysis annually to track citation patterns over time. A publication being both a "Hot Paper” and a "Research Front Paper” is a significant indicator of impact.
Highly Cited Papers
“Highly Cited Papers” as defined by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators are papers that continue to demonstrate high citation rates for up to ten years after publication. These are papers that report discoveries and gradually increase in citation frequency as the methods diffuse throughout the community and prove their utility.
See the tables of Hot, Core and Highly Cited Papers:
2015 papers. (Metric Definitions)