Re: [xmca] Publish or Perish indices

From: Wolff-Michael Roth <mroth who-is-at>
Date: Sun Nov 04 2007 - 14:27:39 PST

HI there,
for anyone interested in the actual citation numbers, this is what
you have to do:

1. You go to ISI Web of Science
2. Do a "Cited Reference Search"
4. Hit "Search"

This gives you 241 pieces of cited work, some of them more heavily
cited than others. Citations have to come from journals in the
database. Which ones there are, you can find out by going to the
"Journal Citation Reports", Social Sciences, and you will see that
there is Education, Education/special, Psychology (different subareas
including "Educational"), and all the other social science areas. In
each, you can list journals alphabetically or by impact factor
ranking, which is the factor sociologists use to evaluate all sorts
of things about communities of practice. Many universities use the
ranking as a way to establish the impact of their faculty, and this
is where the query came from that Mike mentioned.

So you can help our journal if you cite MCA pieces when you publish
in other ISI journals.

Being entered into ISI is a function of

1. publishing on time (which is what I have been working on since the
beginning of my editorship, we continually are working on this),
2. high citation rankings (something all of YOU can contribute,
3. high quality editorial board (something MIKE has been crucial to
4. There are a few other criteria that escape me at the moment.



On 4-Nov-07, at 1:07 PM, Mike Cole wrote:

It was interesting looking up Mind, Culture, and Activity to see who is
cited from Google Scholar searches.
We had an inquiry from a potential author today asking about our ISI
rating. Owing to erratic
production in earlier editorial administrations we are in the process of
re-applying for such august
recognition. And it turns out that
you can help
ISI takes into account the extent to which articles from MCA are
in other journals.

Soooooooooooooooo...... If you wish MCA to flourish and allow people
intitutions will not promote them
unless they publish in cherchez journals, cite MCA articles when you
elsewhere. And if you want to know
what is there to site, the "Publish or Perish site" will give you a
list to choose from!!

Ain't the careful, contentful, humane methods of real honest to goodness
science wunerful?

On Nov 4, 2007 12:29 PM, Peter Smagorinsky <> wrote:

> I just downloaded and used this free software, and it's
> unbelievable. When
> I
> went up for tenure a few years back, I had to hand-count cites from
> the
> Web
> of Science (which was a big improvement over going to the library and
> looking them up in a print directory). With this, I just typed in
> my name
> and a span of years, and instantly got all of the info you'd ever
> need for
> your tenure/promotion dossier. Highly recommended. p
> Peter Smagorinsky
> The University of Georgia
> 125 Aderhold Hall
> Athens, GA 30602
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:xmca-
>] On
> Behalf Of Mike Cole
> Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:16 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [xmca] Publish or Perish indices
> An internet research network I subscribe too is worrying about its
> reputation and those who publish in relevant journals. At MCA we get
> various
> requests designed to show assess its academic weightiness. Thought
> this
> might be of interest to some of you. Check yourselves, or a journal,
> or a nemisis out and tell us all the sordid details!
> :-)
> mike
> Dr Anne-Wil Harzing at the University of Melbourne provides a software
> program called "Publish or Perish" that retrieves and analyzes
> academic
> citations based on Google Scholar which has better coverage of
> (citations in) books, conference proceedings and a wider range of
> journals and retrieves more citations in Social Sciences, Arts &
> Humanities than ISI
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