B – Citation-related characteristics in scientific journals

Sangwal K. Some citation-related characteristics of scientific journals published in individual countries. Scientometrics 2013;97:719-741
(doi: 10.1007/s11192-013-1053-1)

This bibliometric study on relationships between publication language, impact factors and self-citations of journals published in individual countries, eight from Europe and one from South America (Brazil) found that: English-language journals, as a rule, have higher impact factors than non-English-language journals; all countries investigated have journals with very high self-citations but the proportion of journals with high self-citations with reference to the total number of journals published in different countries varies enormously; irrespective of the publication language, journals devoted to very specialized scientific disciplines have high self-citations.