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Measures of impact published by Elsevier and Thomson Reuters are useful for collection development, but the data is expensive and it reflects citations from all disciplines. Custom do-it-yourself (DIY) citation analyses allow one to create ranked lists of journals in specifically targeted sub-disciplines or areas of interdisciplinary study. A method for independently analyzing citations to create a ranked list of journals is described. Two methods for testing reliability of ranked lists are described, one employing Spearman’s rho rank correlation, the other using coefficient of variation. Strengths and weaknesses of DIY citation analysis are discussed. Tips for conducting DIY citation analysis for publication are offered, and practical applications are summarized. An annotated bibliography of important literature on citation analysis is appended.



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