The Contribution of ISI Indexing to a Paper's Citations: Results of a Natural Experiment

  title={The Contribution of ISI Indexing to a Paper's Citations: Results of a Natural Experiment},
  author={Diego Varela},
  journal={European Political Science},
  • Diego Varela
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • Education
  • European Political Science
In this article, I investigate the extent to which ISI Web of Science indexing contributes to the impact of an academic paper. I do this by analysing the results of a natural experiment consisting in the accidental exclusion from the index of an entire issue of a Political Science journal. The statistical tests indicate a significant effect of ISI indexing on the number of citations received by individual papers. The conclusion is that ISI indexing does not simply provide an objective measure… 

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