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uncitedness index


A measure of a publication’s relative “unworthiness”.

If a publication in science is referred to in the bibliography of any subsequent publication, it has been “cited’, thus inferring that the first paper was thought to be of some merit and provide new information ; “uncitedness” implies that a paper was not considered important enough to be referred to by subsequent authors–and possibly had no merit in the first place; according to data collected by the Institute for Scientific Information, < 20% of publications in physics are uncited; 90% of papers in political science are uncited. Medicine and biological sciences fall between these extremes 

Reference Science 1991; 251:25

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