Predicting the Citation Count and CiteScore of Journals One Year in Advance

24 Oct 2022  ·  William Croft, Jörg-Rüdiger Sack ·

Prediction of the future performance of academic journals is a task that can benefit a variety of stakeholders including editorial staff, publishers, indexing services, researchers, university administrators and granting agencies. Using historical data on journal performance, this can be framed as a machine learning regression problem. In this work, we study two such regression tasks: 1) prediction of the number of citations a journal will receive during the next calendar year, and 2) prediction of the Elsevier CiteScore a journal will be assigned for the next calendar year. To address these tasks, we first create a dataset of historical bibliometric data for journals indexed in Scopus. We propose the use of neural network models trained on our dataset to predict the future performance of journals. To this end, we perform feature selection and model configuration for a Multi-Layer Perceptron and a Long Short-Term Memory. Through experimental comparisons to heuristic prediction baselines and classical machine learning models, we demonstrate superior performance in our proposed models for the prediction of future citation and CiteScore values.

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