Lame duck laureates

July 14, 2017

Lame duck laureates Interesting #bibliometric analysis of Nobelists: their normalized citations peak at the prize

“The authors count the number of citations for each Nobel
prize-winner, using a service provided by JSTOR, a digital library. They look at what happens to Nobel prize-winners before and after they win their prizes. The data span from 1930 to 2005. One of the problems facing the authors was that, in 2005, there were many more JSTOR articles than in 1930. Therefore, raw citation numbers were
standardised by the total number of articles published in that year. The authors call the standardised units “Arrows”, after Kenneth Arrow, the economist who won the prize in 1972.”