Analysis of top cited papers in library and information science that have stood the test of time

Emmanuel F Elia, Alfred S. Sife


Analysis of 10 top cited papers in the field of library and information science was carried out to
understand their main characteristics and features such as bibliographic details, authorship
collaboration, author affiliation, citation counts and specialty. This list of classic papers was
extracted from Google Scholar Metrics in June 2018. These most cited articles were published in
2006 and the list was released in June 2017. The findings indicate that these 10 papers originated
from 10 different institutions in six countries mostly in North America and Europe. The number
of citations ranged from 410 to 3051, the mean number of authors per article is 2.3 and the mean
number of citations per year was 98. Nine out of the 10 articles reported citation analyses. This
suggests that LIS research has shifted towards exploring scientific publications and their impact
through citation analysis, bibliometrics and scientometrics


citation analysis, classic papers, library and information science, scientometrics, bibliometrics.

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