How can we investigate citation behavior? A study of reasons for citing literature in communication

@article{Case2000HowCW,
  title={How can we investigate citation behavior? A study of reasons for citing literature in communication},
  author={Donald Owen Case and Georgeann M. Higgins},
  journal={JASIS},
  year={2000},
  volume={51},
  pages={635-645}
}
Authors’ motivations for citing documents are addressed through a literature review and an empirical study. Replicating an investigation in psychology, the works of two highly-cited authors in the discipline of communication were identified, and all of the authors who cited them during the period 1995–1997 were surveyed. The instrument posed 32 questions about why a certain document was cited, plus questions about the citer’s relationship to the cited author and document. Most findings were… CONTINUE READING

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