A simple model for citation curve

Y. C. Tay, Mostafa Rezazad, Hamid Sarbazi-Azad

There is considerable interest in the citation count for an author's publications. This has led to many proposals for citation indices for characterizing citation distributions. However, there is so far no tractable model to facilitate the analysis of these distributions and the design of these indices. This paper presents a simple equation for such design and analysis. The equation has three parameters that are calibrated by three geometrical characteristics of a citation distribution. Its simple form makes it tractable. To demonstrate, the equation is used to derive closed-form expressions for various citation indices, analyze the effect of time and identify individual contribution to the Hirsch index for a group.

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