The Publish Or Perish Book: Your Guide to Effective and Responsible Citation Analysis

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Tarma Software Research Pty Limited, 2010 - Academic writing - 246 pages
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The first chapter provides a brief introduction to citation analysis as well as an overview of the most popular data sources and metrics in use. Part 1: How to use Publish or Perish more effectively The first part provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Publish or Perish more effectively. An introduction to the main features of the software is first provided in Chapter 2. Chapters 3 and 4 subsequently provide detailed instructions on how to conduct effect Author and Journal Queries. Chapter 5 is devoted to the broader applications of the General Citation search that can be used to find particular papers, conduct advanced author and journal queries, compare institutional performance and conduct a literature review. Finally, Chapter 6 discusses how the Multi-query Center can be used to effectively store and manage queries for future use. Part 2: Day-to-day uses of Publish or Perish citation analysis In Part 2, I present the most common day-to-day uses of the Publish or Perish software. Chapter 7 provides tips and tricks for academics that need to make their case for tenure or promotion. I discuss the importance of reference groups as well as several ways to show your citation record to its best advantage. In Chapter 8, I discuss how to evaluate other academics. The examples in this chapter vary from a 5-minute preparation before meeting someone you don't know, to evaluating editorial board members or prospective PhD supervisors, from writing up tributes (or laudations) and eulogies to deciding on publication awards and preparing for a job interview. Chapter 9 turns the tables and looks at citation analysis for Deans and other academic administrators. It includes four topics: the need to accept Google Scholar as an alternative data source, the myths about self-citation, the inappropriateness of citation analysis at early career stages, and the differences in citation impact across disciplines.

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Anne-Wil Harzing is Associate Dean Research and Professor in International Management at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since 1999 Anne-Wil maintains an extensive website ( This website presents resources to assist with academic publishing and the assessment of research and journal quality, as well as software to conduct citation analysis.

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