Google citations

Has anyone else come across Google Citations? Thanks to Terry Anderson for pointing it out to me. You need to register and also you can choose to keep the results private or make public. Mine is here.

It is based on the H factor algorithm that originated in Physics and gives you an indication of how many times your papers have been cited by others. It strips out any self-referencing and also lists your papers in order, with the highest cited paper on the top. I think it is highly likely that tools like this will be used increasingly by employers looking at applicants and also as part of the dreaded research audit exercises. It is interesting to see which papers are cited more and to reflect on why. The paper Martin Dyke and I did on affordances is third. This was a controversial paper where we considered the notion of affordances (Gibson 1979). I am not sure I agree now with all of the things we said, but at least it stirred things up a bit! I think we need more of that in our field, there is a danger we are all singing from the same hymn sheet too much. Mark Nichols gave a nice invited talk at ASCILITE 2009 on this topic, he argued that we need more diversity in the field and need to be prepared to argue and challenge one another a little more. I totally agree!

Gibson, J. J. (1979). The ecological approach to visual perception. Hillsdale, New Jersey, Lawrence Erlbaum Associated.