1.1 Introduction

This book is a companion to the software program Publish or Perish (PoP). PoP was designed in the first instance to calculate citation metrics for a variety of purposes. As is discussed in detail in Part 2 of this book, it can be used in many different ways. In Section 1.1.1, I provide a very brief summary.

In this first chapter, I will provide a brief introduction to citation analysis as well as an overview of the most popular data sources and metrics in use. The chapter will conclude with an overview of the remainder of the book.