Data for: Relationships between Journal Publication, Citation, and Usage Metrics within a Carnegie R1 University Collection: A Correlation Analysis



This dataset was developed as part of a study that examined the correlational relationships between local journal authorship, local and external citation counts, full-text downloads, link-resolver clicks, and four global journal impact factor indices within an all-disciplines journal collection of 12,200 titles and six subject subsets at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library. While earlier investigations of the relationships between usage (downloads) and citation metrics have been inconclusive, this study shows strong correlations in the all-disciplines set and most subject subsets. The normalized Eigenfactor was the only global impact factor index that correlated highly with local journal metrics. Some of the identified disciplinary variances among the six subject subsets may be explained by the journal publication aspirations of UIUC researchers. The correlations between authorship and local citations in the six specific subject subsets closely match national department or program rankings.

All the raw data used in this analysis, in the form of relational database tables with multiple columns. Can be opned using MS Access. Description for variables can be viewed through "Design View" (by right clik on the selected table, choose "Design View"). The 2 PDF files provide an overview of tables are included in each MDB file.

In addition, the processing scripts and Pearson correlation code is available at <a href=""></a>.
Date made availableJan 12 2023
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • citation and usage correlation analysis
  • Usage and local citation relationships
  • publication
  • citation and usage metrics
  • Pearson correlation analysis

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