Document Type : Research Paper


1 . Ph.D. Student of Physical Education, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology Department, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran

3 Ph.D. Student of Physical Education, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

4 Ph.D. Student of Physical Education, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran


The aim of this research was to study the self-citation of physical education professors in “Olympic” and “Harakat” journals from 2003 to 2009. The amount and number of papers with self-citation, the ratio of self-citation authors to all authors, number of self-citation and its amount, self-citation distribution according to the year of publication and the ratio of self-citation to the type of degree were studied in two journals of Olympic and Harakat. The method of this research was descriptive. Findings showed that the amount of self-citation papers in Harakat and Olympic was 24.2% and 31.7% respectively. The mean self-citation of each paper was 0.36% and 0.48% in Harakat and Olympic respectively. Both journals did not have a regular ascending or descending growth in self-citation amount during these years. In both journals, the highest percentage of a document used in self-citation of the authors was previous published journals. Nowadays, as university promoting committees count the number of citations and identify the impact factor of journals to evaluate the efficiency of their faculty members and their scientific competencies, this subject has a special importance.


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