Author(s): Adedayo, A. V.
The paper presents a study on analysis of citations made in the introduction section of articles that report empirical research. The attempt is to provide preliminary study towards validation of an e arlier proposition that significant amount of citations made in the introduction sections cannot positively count in the analysis to evaluate performance of scientific publications. In this present paper, citations made in the introduction sections in six different scientific publications were analyzed. A scientific journal was selected from each continent, and their first four articles published in 2014 were analyzed. Only articles that report empirical researches were analyzed. Overall, the study showed that over 80% of citations made in the introduction sections may not be applicable in the computation of effective impact of publications. Keywords: Content Analysis; Content pertinence; Performance evaluation; Impact Factor; Novelty; Citation analysis