B – Journal self-citations

Heneberg P. From excessive journal self-cites to citation stacking: analysis of journal self-citation kinetics in search for journals, which boost their scientometric indicators. PLoS One 2016;11:e0153730

Little is known about kinetics of journal self-citations. The author hypothesized that they may show a generalizable pattern within particular research fields or across multiple fields. Currently used scientometric indicators provide only limited protection against unethical behaviors. An algorithm is needed to be developed to search for potential citation networks, allowing their efficient elimination. The algorithm could be based on differences in a number of citations received from a respective journal during the impact factor calculation window (post-publication years 1–2) and the number of citations received only later (e.g., post-publication years 4–7).