A note on comparison of scientific impact expressed by the number of citations in different fields of science
Abstract
Citation distributions for 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2001, which were published in the 2004 report of the National Science Foundation, USA, are analyzed. It is shown that the ratio of the total number of citations of any two broad fields of science remains close to constant over the analyzed years. Based on this observation, normalization of total numbers of citations with respect to the number of citations in mathematics is suggested as a tool for comparing scientific impact expressed by the number of citations in different fields of science.
 Publication:

arXiv Mathematics eprints
 Pub Date:
 October 2004
 arXiv:
 arXiv:math/0410574
 Bibcode:
 2004math.....10574P
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Statistics;
 Computer Science  General Literature;
 Physics  Physics and Society;
 00A99
 EPrint:
 5 pages, 1 table