Many of you know the ACM Digital Library ( http://dl.acm.org) consists of a massive full-text archive of all ACM publications (currently over 300,000 articles and
growing at a rate of over 22,000 per year). But many of you may not know the DL
also consists of the computing field’s largest dedicated index of bibliographic records (currently over 1. 6 million records and growing) called the Guide to
Computing Literature, and that starting in 2010 ACM began aggregating these
records along with key citation
information and online usage
data from the DL platform itself
to provide a unique and incredibly valuable tool for the computing community at large.
It is now possible to click on
any author’s name inside the
DL and view a complete record
of that author’s publication
history, including a dynamically generated list of all of
their ACM and non-ACM publications, affiliations, citations,
ACM DL download statistics,
and other relevant data related
to their publications’ history.
Currently, over one million author pages exist in the DL, and
this figure grows every day!
In addition, ACM aggregates all of this data at the
publication level, article level,
SIG level, conference level, and
most recently the institutional level. All of this data is freely available for users of the ACM DL. For example, Communications’ page in the DL (see the
image here) currently shows the magazine has published 10,691 articles
since 1958 with over 117,065 citations in other publications, over 9. 2 million
downloaded articles from the DL platform, resulting in an average of over 866
downloads per article published and 10. 95 citations per article.
On many of these new “bibliometric pages,” comparative data also exposes the
top cited and downloaded articles, so that authors can view both the usage activity
and impact of their work. If you haven’t yet spent a few minutes drilling down into
these pages, I suggest you do so. The data is fascinating and what you find may
surprise you and your colleagues!
Scott E. Delman
Publication Statistics in
the ACM Digital Library
EDWARD W. FELTEn,
FTC ChIEF TEChnoLoGIST