publication . Article . 2015

Health warning: might contain multiple personalities--the problem of homonyms in Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators

Anne-Wil Harzing;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Aug 2015
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Country: Mauritius
Abstract
Author name ambiguity is a crucial problem in any type of bibliometric analysis. It arises when several authors share the same name, but also when one author expresses their name in different ways. This article focuses on the former, also called the “namesake” problem. In particular, we assess the extent to which this compromises the Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranking of the top 1% most cited authors worldwide. We show that three demographic characteristics that should be unrelated to research productivity – name origin, uniqueness of one’s family name, and the number of initials used in publishing – in fact have a very strong influence o...
Subjects
free text keywords: General Social Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, Computer Science Applications, Essential science indicators, Name disambiguation, Sociology, Data mining, computer.software_genre, computer, Author name, Homonym, High productivity, Ranking, Personality psychology, Ambiguity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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