Purposeful Searching for Citations of Scholarly Publications

Fabian Rosenthal, Sven Groppe


Citation data contains the citations among scholarly publications. The data can be used to find relevant sources during research, identify emerging trends and research areas, compute metrics for comparing authors or journals, or for thematic clustering. Manual administration of citation data is limited due to the large number of publications. In this work, we hence lay the foundations for the automatic search for scientific citations. The unique characteristics are a purposeful search of citations for a specified set of publications (of e.g., an author or an institute). Therefore, search strategies will be developed and evaluated in this work in order to reduce the costs for the analysis of documents without citations to the given set of publications. In our experiments, for authors with more than 100 publications about 75 % of the citations were found. The purposeful strategy examined thereby only 1.5 % of the 120 million publications of the used data set.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 11.10.2017

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Intelligent Systems
  • Centers: Center for Artificial Intelligence Luebeck (ZKIL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 409-04 Operating, Communication, Database and Distributed Systems


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