December 1, 2015

New Report from Jisc: “Access to Citation Data: A Cost Benefit and Risk Review and Forward Look”

This blog post by Paul Stokes provides an intro to open citation data and looks at key findings from the report.

From a Summary of the Report:

Our report focuses on indexed citation data in the UK.

It concluded that the current system works well for those working in higher education and there is generally a high level of satisfaction for the current approach, which is considered to be robust, trusted and well-understood.  However, the free services that index citation data are not yet considered to be robust or transparent enough to meet researchers’ needs and are accessible to subscribers only.

The report also concludes that the value of citations from a single paper is very limited but that it becomes really useful when it’s collated and indexed alongside data from many countries, publishers and disciplines.

The report recommends that Jisc should work with representative publisher bodies to develop the business case for a digital citation data workflow.  It also suggested we should continue to link the argument for open citations into the debate about open access publishing.

Direct to Full Text Report (74 pages; PDF)

Additional Material

  • Read a report on the discussions and conclusions from our workshop about open citations in May 2013
  • Our project report is a technical, in-depth look, at how we’re developing the Open Citations Corpus
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