We’ve added a new tool to the University of Michigan Press website — “Dimensions badges” that give an indication of how many times our different books have been cited over the years.
Created by our friends at Digital Science, whose Altmetric for Books tool we’ve been using for several years, Dimensions badges are interactive visualizations that showcase citation data for individual publications. Now on the UMP website you’ll find them attached to every book for which the Dimensions database provides information.
The first thing you see on every Dimensions badge is the citation count. If you click through to the accompanying details page you can find the sources of all the citations that feed into the count. While the “score” is pretty meaningless (since citations from book-to-book are, for example, always undercounted in electronic indexes) the ability to dig into the underlying source material offers valuable insights for our authors, our editors, and our marketing staff.
Even if the absolute citation score is questionable, a glance at the relative citation of different books reveals some striking patterns. The average age of our 500 most-cited books is, for example, 21 years and the average for the top 10 is 37 years. Compared to the antiquity of the books that appear at the top of our Altmetric.com list (the “most engaged with titles) the time it takes to build up citations feels like an eternity. Oldies but goodies indeed.
Who knows what citations from the Dimensions database actually tell us about the quality of University of Michigan Press books (we already know that every book we publish is excellent anyway) . . . But here’s the top ten list for fun:
- The Calculus of Consent (1962) James Buchanan; Gordon Tullock – 2133 citations (view citations)
- Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy (1994) W. Arthur -1140 citations (view citations)
- Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (1994) Elinor Ostrom; Roy Gardner; Jimmy Walker – 1123 citations (view citations)
- Simulacra and Simulation (1995) Jean Baudrillard – 937 citations. (view citations)
- Prisoner’s Dilemma (1965) Anatol Rapoport; Albert Chammah – 792 citations (view citations)
- Anthropometric Standards for the Assessment of Growth and Nutritional Status (1990) Andres Frisancho – 533 citations. (view citations)
- Rhyme and Reason in Reading and Spelling (1985) Lynette Bradley – 452 citations. (view citations)
- Information and Legislative Organization (1991) Keith Krehbiel – 433 citations. (view citations)
- Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities (1981) Marshall Sahlins – 428 citations. (view citations)
- The Image (1956) Kenneth Boulding – 334 citations. (view citations)