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1Abt, H.A. ; Garfield, E.: Is the relationship between numbers of references and paper lengths the same for all sciences?.
In: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and technology. 53(2002) no.13, S.1106-1112.
Abstract: It has been shown in the physical sciences that a paper's length is related to its number of references in a linear manner. Abt and Garfield here look at the life and social sciences with the thought that if the relation holds the citation counts will provide a measure of relative importance across these disciplines. In the life sciences 200 research papers from 1999-2000 were scanned in each of 10 journals to produce counts of 1000 word normalized pages. In the social sciences an average of 70 research papers in nine journals were scanned for the two-year period. Papers of average length in the various sciences have the same average number of references within plus or minus 17%. A look at the 30 to 60 papers over the two years in 18 review journals indicates twice the references of research papers of the same length.
Themenfeld: Informetrie ; Citation indexing