"What's Going On, 2009" by Willie Rodger; Bridgeman Education, WVU Libraries
The numbers that are generated are not absolutes. They should be used in conjunction with other qualitative measures.
is an important tool used to trace scholarly research, measure impact, and inform tenure and funding decisions. The impact of an article is evaluated by counting the number of times other authors cite it in their work. Researchers do citation analysis for several reason:
The output from citation studies is often the only way that non-specialists in governments and funding agencies, or even those indifferent scientific disciplines, can judge the importance of a piece of scientific research.