Thank You Almut!

Almut Beate Heinrich from Springer deserves accolades after accolades!
Working as a managing editor for 4 journals, she doesn’t need to do any research but has published more papers and delivered more citations to journals than any researcher.

According to Scopus, Since 2000, she has written 50 papers (Editorial (31), Article in Press (3), Note (3), Review (3), Short Survey (3), Conference Paper (2) , Letter (2) , Article (1)) in these 4 journals. See Almut in MS Academic

  • Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-Forschung
  • Journal of Soils and Sediments
  • International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research

The 3 ‘reviews’ are

  1. Publish – In English – Or Perish. Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-Forschung 22 (3) , pp. 165-167
  2. The first impact factor : In June 2008, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published an impact factor of 4.373 for J Soils Sediments (JSS)
  3. Editorial: Two planets and one journal. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 6 (1) , pp. 1-3

Although she only has 46 citations and a h index of 4, she is responsible for handling and bringing these journals to all time high citations, and she is very proud of it, “Publish or perish, but publish in high-ranked journals” (This editorial has 3 citations)
The first impact factor : In June 2008, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published an impact factor of 4.373 for J Soils Sediments (JSS):  (This editorial has 1 citation)

In this paper published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, she just need to cite the references:

  • 96 references to Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • 56 references to Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-Forschung

Heinrich, A.B. Part 3: These literature surveys on dioxins and other pops from ESPR and UWSF reflect Otto hutzinger’s influence as editor-in-chief on both journals beyond his active time (1989-2005) into the future ( Editorial ). Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Volume 15, Issue 2, March 2008, Pages 108-112

Read also Part 2: Laudations, for making a Laudation editor John Giesy got a bonus of 12 citations.

She deserves more accolades than anyone else. One Accolade each from her favorite journals (can you spot the difference?):

  • Hollert, H., Young, A.L., Klöpffer, W., Förstner, U., Salomons, W., Xu, Z. 2008 Accolades for Almut Beate Heinrich, our managing-editor. Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-Forschung 20 (3), pp. 157-158
  • Young, A.L., Klöpffer, W., Hollert, H., Förstner, U., Salomons, W., Xu, Z. 2008 Accolades for Almut Beate Heinrich, our Managing-Editor. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 15 (4), pp. 291-292. This accolade has 1 citation!
  • Förstner, U., Salomons, W., Xu, Z., Young, A.L., Klöpffer, W., Hollert, H. 2008. Accolades for Almut Beate Heinrich, our managing-editor.  Journal of Soils and Sediments 8 (3), pp. 149-150
  • Klöpffer, W., Young, A.L., Hollert, H., Förstner, U., Salomons, W., Xu, Z. 2008. Accolades for Almut Beate Heinrich, our Managing-Editor.  International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 13 (4), pp. 287-288
  • Klöpffer, W. 2012. Thank you, Almut!  International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment , pp. 1-2. This Thank You deserved 12 citations to Klöpffer!

Thank You Almut!

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Hollert

Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert is an expert in his field of self citation. He is able cite himself  48 times out of 180 references in this review article:

Hollert, H. , Ernst, M., Ahlf, W., Dürr, M., Erdinger, L., Grund, S., Keiter, S., Kosmehl, T., Seiler, T.-B, Wölz, J., Braunbeck, T. Strategies for assessing sediment toxicity – A review ( Review ) [Strategien zur Sedimentbewertung – Ein Überblick]. Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoff-Forschung Volume 21, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 160-176

He is the editor of Journal of Soils and Sediments and also Environmental Science and Pollution Research. he likes to publish editorial to boost the journal’s citation

In 2007, he published:
Hollert, H., Hecker, M., Steinberg, C.E.W., Young, A.L. ESPR’s total environment. 2007. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 14 (1 SPEC. ISS.) , pp. 1-2
with 24 references, all to the same journal.

In 2009,
Hecker, M., Hollert, H. Effect-directed analysis (EDA) in aquatic ecotoxicology: State of the art and future challenges (Editorial) 2009. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 16 (6) , pp. 607-613
Killing 2 birds with one stone, this editorial has 77 References, 22 to Journal of Soils and Sediments and 17 to Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Xu

Zhihong Xu, the editor of Journal of Soils and Sediments not only like to cite his beloved journal but also himself.

Editorial in a journal is a great way to promote your journal and your work

Xu, Z. , Chen, C., He, J., Liu, J. Trends and challenges in soil research 2009: Linking global climate change to local long-term forest productivity ( Editorial ).  Journal of Soils and Sediments, Volume 9, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 83-88.

This editorial has 80 references, and 46 self citations to Xu.
Don’t worry about climate change, self citation is hotter!

Journal of Soils and Sediments

Journal of Soils and Sediments is a relatively new journal and had a relatively high impact factor since it was first calculated in 2008. It got an impact factor of 4.373 for year 2007. The editor seemed to be very proud and showed it off.

A bit of citation analysis shows that most of the citations came from its editors:

 

For example:

For the 2009 impact factor,  in 2007-2008 the journal published 126 articles, and attracted 256 citations in 2009. However the top citation came from the 2 editors: Henner Hollert with 7 articles and Zhihong Xu with 5 articles. Each of the article was designed to cite the journal 15 times

An editorial published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research Volume 16, Issue 6, August 2009, Pages 607-613: Effect-directed analysis (EDA) in aquatic ecotoxicology: State of the art and future challenges, by Hecker, M. , Hollert, H. has 77 References (You wonder why) got 15 references for Journal of Soils and Sediments.

Another editorial published in Journal of Soils and Sediments Volume 9, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 83-88: Trends and challenges in soil research 2009: Linking global climate change to local long-term forest productivity, by Xu, Za , Chen, C., He, J., Liu, J. has 80 references (You still wonder why?). 29 self citations to Zhihong Xu and 17 citations for Journal of Soils and Sediments.

So both editors contribute approximately 150 citations to the Journal.

Funny enough, an editorial by Hollert et al. in 2008 titled ” The first impact factor. In June 2008, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published an impact factor of 4.373 for J Soils Sediments (JSS)” was cited only by another editors in another editorial:

Owens, P.N. , Xu, Z. Recent advances and future directions in soils and sediments research . Journal of Soils and Sediments. Volume 11, Issue 6, September 2011, Pages 875-888. This editorial has 179 references (you know why) and 21 references to  Journal of Soils and Sediments.

In 2010, the journal has 6 Editorials all having a high number of references and self citations

  1. Förstner, U., Salomons, W. Sediment research, management and policy: A decade of JSS. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (8) , pp. 1440-1452. 70 references, 20 self citations to JSS.
  2. Salomons, W., Förstner, U. Sediments and the “System”: From site-specific to regional-scale research: A story of joy in researching dirt. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (8) , pp. 1436-1439. No self citations to JSS
  3. Xu, Z., Owens, P.N. Our thanks to the editors-in-chief: Ulrich Förstner (Sediments) and Wim Salomons (Intercompartment) Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (8) , pp. 1435.
  4. Owens, P.N., Petticrew, E.L., van der Perk, M. Sediment response to catchment disturbances. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (4) , pp. 591-596
  5. Xu, J., Tang, C., He, J. Molecular environmental soil science at the interfaces in the Earth’s critical zone. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (5) , pp. 797-798. 1 references by Xu.
  6. Chen, C., Xu, Z. Forest ecosystem responses to environmental changes: The key regulatory role of biogeochemical cycling. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10 (2) , pp. 210-214. 54 references, 9 self citations to JSS and 17 self citation to Xu.

 

Next time you want to increase your journal’s impact factor: do an editorial with 80 references (so it is not that obvious) and you can cite 20 references to the articles of that journal.

Blum

Em.O.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.rer.nat. Winfried E.H. Blum, from University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria likes himself.

In A “Review” paper:  Functions of soil for society and the environment. Published in Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology, Volume 4, Issue 3, August 2005, Pages 75-79, he only cited 5 References. Here they are:

1. Blum, W.E.H. Soil pollution by heavy metals – Causes, processes, impacts and need for future actions (1996) Mittlg. Österr Bodenkundl. Ges., 54, pp. 53-78.

2 Blum, W.E.H. Agriculture in a sustainable environment – A holistic approach
(1998) International Agrophysics, 12 (1), pp. 13-24.

3 Blum, W.E.H., Blume, H.-P., Eger, H., Fleischhauer, E., Hebel, A., Reij, C., Steiner, K.G. Soil degradation caused by industrialization and urbanization
(1998) Towards Sustainable Land Use, Advances in Geoecology 31, pp. 755-766.

4 Blum, W.E.H. Soil Resilience – The Capacity of Soil to React on Stress
(2000) Bollettino Della Società Italiana Della Scienza del Suolo, 49, pp. 7-13.

5 Blum, W.E.H., Eswaran, H.
Symposium 1 Part 2: The food chain – Soils for sustaining global food production
(2004) Journal of Food Science, 69 (2), pp. CRH37-CRH42.

He

Ji-Huan He from National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Engineering, Soochow University is an expert in the field of self citation.
He was a Rising Star in sciencewatch.com
He is also well known for boosting International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation. In 2008 IJNSNS had an impact factor of 8.91 in ISI’s Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Current impact factor in 2011 is 1.484.

Example of Ji Huan He’s work highlight his claim to fame

– He, J.-H. The smaller, the better: From the spider-spinning to bubble-electrospinning. Acta Physica Polonica A. Volume 121, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 254-256
This paper has 15 self citation from the cited 23 references

– He, J.-H.Frontier of modern textile engineering and short remarks on some topics in physics. International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation. Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2010, Pages 555-563
9 self citations out of 11 references.

Even better, he likes to cite his fried:
He, J.-H. On the number of elementary particles in a resolution dependent fractal spacetime Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. Volume 32, Issue 5, June 2007, Pages 1645-1648.
He cited El Naschie 15 times, and twice his own work out of 19 references.

He, J.-H. String theory in a scale dependent discontinuous space-time. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals Volume 36, Issue 3, May 2008, Pages 542-545
He cited El Naschie 13 times, and 7 cimes of his own, out of 23 references.

You can find out more about He from here

Response to Ernst

Edzard Ernst from Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, was commented as of High Self-Citation Rates and a raft of Opinions

This is a resonse to an article by Ernst:

Ernst, E, The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, BMJ 2000; 321:1133-1135 (4 November)
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7269/1133

In an Editorial Ernst cited 16 of his own work (out of 24 references) or 67% self citation

 

 

Kulicke

A famous case of self citation was by Prof. Dr.-Ing. W.-M. Kulicke from Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Hamburg. The case was published in Annals of Improbable Research Vol. 12 (2006) Issue 4.

Werner-Michael Kulicke’s paper : “Rheo-Optical and Rheo-Mechanical Characterization of the Viscoelastic Properties and Shear-Induced Orientation of Hydrocolloids,” C. Clasen and W.-M. Kulicke, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Food Rheology, and Structure, 2000, pp. 25–33.

Kulicke cites 23 times to his own work out of a total of 29 references — so 80 percent are his own!

In another conference paper: “Characterization of water-soluble cellulose derivatives in terms of the molar mass and particle size as well as their distribution” by Kulicke, W.-M., Clasen, C., Lohman, C., Macromolecular Symposia Volume 223, March 2005, Pages 151-174. Kulicke cited 21 times to his own work out of a total of 44 references, almost 50%.

 

Self Citation Alert

Hi.. My Name is Ali

I like self citation in scientific publishing. It is a great way to promote myself.

What is self citation? “A self-citation is a reference an author provide in a document to other documents written by himself.” according to a Danish expert.

Some called it vanity, narcissism, egotism, self indulgence, self promotion, self-advertising. But it is fun. “Given the cumulative nature of the production of new knowledge, self-citations constitute a natural part of the communication process.” (Rodrigo Costas, 2010)

If you encounter a paper with unusual large number of self citation, post it as a comment. This will be the Hall of fame for Self Citation