What can we learn from Citation Lists?

by Manolis Wallace, University of Peloponnese

June 17th 2015 @ 10:00, in Room Toblino


Publication and citation lists, together with the metrics applied on them, have for long been considered a leading indication of a researcher’s scientific impact. Still, few will argue that there are not serious weaknesses in this approach. In this speech we discuss the depth and breadth of unexploited information in citation records, hidden in different locations such as the title, the publication type, the abstract, the date etc. We shall see how, focusing on just the publication medium, we can assess a researcher’s impact range and type. Of course there are also some serious prohibiting factors to consider and address in any attempt to mine such data. This analysis provides a much richer view regarding impact, but one that is that much harder for humans to examine and comprehend. A suitable visualization approach can help with this, allowing for an overall estimation of a researcher’s impact that is richer than a mere count of citations but equally easy to understand and compare.


Manolis Wallace serves as a lecturer of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of the Peloponnese.

In the past he was with the Athens Campus of the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the chair of the Department of Computer Science, as well as with the Foundation of the Hellenic World, where he served as a project manager. Manolis specializes in the merging of knowledge engineering, fuzzy systems and uncertainty management and has founded the Knowledge and Uncertainty Research Laboratory (ΓΑΒ LAB) to promote work in the field. He has authored more than 70 journal, magazine and conference articles in the above fields; he has co-authored one book and co-edited eight more. He is the co-founder of the Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization (SMAP) series of workshops and serves or has served as the organizing committee chair, program committee chair or program committee member in more than 30 more conferences. Manolis is a senior member of the IEEE.

Contact Info: Matteo Lissandrini (ml@disi.unitn.eu)