Note: The article below (preprint) has been accepted for publication in The Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
Fudan University, Shanghai
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science (WoS) began systematically collecting acknowledgment information in August 2008. Since then, bibliometric analysis of funding acknowledgment (FA) has been growing and has aroused intense interest and attention from both academia and policy makers. Examining the distribution of FA by citation index database, by language, and by acknowledgment type, we noted coverage limitations and potential biases in each analysis. We argue that in spite of its great value, bibliometric analysis of FA should be used with caution.
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