Differences in citation frequency of clinical and basic science papers in cardiovascular research

Med Biol Eng Comput. 2011 Jun;49(6):613-21. doi: 10.1007/s11517-011-0783-6. Epub 2011 May 13.


In this article, a critical analysis is performed on differences in citation frequency of basic and clinical cardiovascular papers. It appears that the latter papers are cited at about 40% higher frequency. The differences between the largest number of citations of the most cited papers are even larger. It is also demonstrated that the groups of clinical and basic cardiovascular papers are also heterogeneous concerning citation frequency. It is concluded that none of the existing citation indicators appreciates these differences. At this moment these indicators should not be used for quality assessment of individual scientists and scientific niches with small numbers of scientists.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Biomedical Research / statistics & numerical data*
  • Biomedical Research / trends
  • Cardiology / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cardiology / trends
  • Humans
  • Peer Review
  • Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data
  • Periodicals as Topic / trends