B – What factors determine citation counts in chemistry

Bornmann L, Schier H, Marx W, et al. What factors determine citation counts of publications in chemistry besides their quality? Journal of Informetrics 2012;6(1):11-18
(doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2011.08.004)

This study examined the correlation between citation counts of individual papers and a number of factors, using an extensive data set from the field of chemistry. The study found a statistically significant correlation – independently of the quality of the papers – with the following factors: citation performance of the cited references, reputation of the authors, language of the publishing journal, and chemical subfield, but not with the number of the authors.