(14 Mar 2022) Thanks to evolving AI technology, the showcase of citation is no longer simply a solid number. Aaron Tay, a librarian and long-time observer of research tools recap the citation context features in Semantic Scholars, scite, Web of Science, and Scholarcy.
“The definitions for citation sentence or citation context vary slightly but it usually refers to the text sentence containing the reference in the full text. Some definitions would include the whole paragraph or n (where n=1-3) sentences before and after the citation sentence.
scite which probably has the largest database of such data defines
Citation Statements (sometimes known as citances) are the sentences surrounding a citation or reference within a publication.
and Citation Context
which includes not just the Citation Statement but also one sentence before and after that Citation Statement.
In this blog post I will recap the features available in two major systems – Semantic Scholar and Scite that are cross disciplinary + provide citation context features on a large scale.
I will then go on to describe how Web of Science and Scholarcy have recently started to include similar features but with a twist.”
Read the full analysis from Aaron Tay’s Musings about librarianship here.