Understanding the MR Citation Database
Mathematical Reviews serves the research and scholarly community with information and tools on the mathematical sciences research literature. MR has been carefully creating and collecting information for over 65 years and has developed an extensive database of the mathematics literature. Over the past few years, MR has added linked reference lists for items in the Mathematical Reviews Database from a selected collection of reference list journals. These MR citations are a great discovery tool and allow researchers to trace the development of mathematical results through a path of forward and backward citations.
The number of citations in the MR Database now allows for the creation of a separate MR Citation Database. Based on this Citation Database, Mathematical Reviews introduced citation tools, available to users of MathSciNet. These tools provide the community the opportunity to obtain valuable additional information about the mathematics literature.
From the start, it is important that users of these tools understand the following:
The Citation Database tools allow users to discover the ten most cited papers of individual authors and see citation information for individual journals. Unlike other citation counts, the information provided from the MR Citation Database is specific to mathematics. It also leverages the unique author identification and careful bibliographic work of MR – as a result, the citation information is of the highest quality. The MR Citation Database tools also offer the community additional confirmation of widely held opinions about the mathematical literature. The journal tool confirms the permanence and staying power of mathematical research and the author tool provides further understanding of the interconnectivity and interdependence of mathematical researchers.