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Monday, February 13, 2006

How to get more citations?

Daniel coments that citation is more important than the number of paper. I am thinking how to get more citations:
1. you need to chase the trends, because people pay more attention to the trendy topics.
2. you need to be accepted by the major circles, ie. appear at the major places so that related people could see your papers.
3. Well written so that people can understand and repeat.
4. Simple. A difficult paper is rejected because none understands

Unfortunately, my old papers are published at non-mainstream places, because when I was in China, I did not know the major places and I did not speak as the major places speak. My best new paper is not well cited, because nobody follows our path yet.

So finally research is research. Not about the criteria of research. If your research is at the critical path of evolution, your work will be cited. But how many of us think if our topic is at the critical path of evolution? It is a too costly problem to think about. Even if you figure it out, it is beyond your capacity to research.


  • You have to think back and reflect upon why you became a scientist and not a doctor, a politician, or a business man.v

    I just said that citations is a more interesting metric than the number of paper. I didn't say that the one metric is the number of citations.

    However, I think different people follow different paths and different models and it is hopeless to come up with a single metric to compare them all. Some of us, me included, do research because it is fun, not to compete. The day I start seeing research as a form of competition is the day I'll think it is boring.

    Don't get me wrong: some friendly competition is interesting (my result is stronger than yours)... but the type where you try to pile up papers or attract more funding than the other guy is really boring.

    By Blogger Daniel Lemire, at 8:02 AM  

  • But people really play hard in the game. If the talent is not sufficient, people play tricks. Only when you are all right on everything, food, enough money, you can be relaxed. Playing game can also be fine.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:25 PM  

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