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Revista chilena de historia natural

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RAU, Jaime R.  and  JAKSIC, Fabian M.. Few self-citations among Chilean ecologists. Rev. chil. hist. nat. [online]. 2020, vol.93, 9.  Epub Apr 23, 2021. ISSN 0716-078X.


We determine the occurrence of self-citations among 36 Chilean ecologists with the highest h index values recorded in Web of Science. Because the practice of self-citation is perceived as negative by inflating a given researcher's impact factor, we evaluate if those ecologists (five of them having been awarded the National Prize in Natural Sciences) tend unduly to self-citation, or alternately, receive citations from others ostensibly because their peers recognize their theoretical and empirical output.

Methods and findings:

We use a recently proposed self-citation estimate easily calculated from h index values recorded in the restricted-access Web of Science (Wos) database and the open-access Google Scholar's (GS) Researcher Profiles and compare these metrics.


The Chilean ecologists showed low self-citation values, independently of their status as National Prize awardees. Their publications were highly cited by unrelated peers, likely on account of their novelty or quality. Among middle-aged (50–60 year) and young (< 50 year) Chilean ecologists open-access GS h index values are significantly correlated with those from WoS, thus rendering expeditious this method of citation assessment.

Keywords : Web of Science; Google Scholar; h-index; self-citations test.

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