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How much does a citation cost?: A case study based on CONICET's budget

Javier Gonzalez-Argote ,
Javier Gonzalez-Argote

Universidad Abierta Interamericana. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Introduction: CONICET has been fundamental in the training of a large number of researchers and the promotion of science in Argentine society.
Objective: Describe the relative cost per published article and citation received for articles published by authors affiliated with CONICET.
Methods: A bibliometric study was carried out in which the scientific production of CONICET was analyzed in the Scopus database and the CONICET budget from 2016 to 2021.
Results: A decrease in the CONICET budget was observed, only recovering in the last year but without reaching the historical maximum studied. On the other hand, as previously mentioned, it was commented that the citations decreased despite the increase in the number of articles. Faced with this panorama, the theoretical cost of an article and that of a bibliographical citation can be presented. So, for example, for the year 2021, the cost of publishing an article was 41,014.09 USD, and the cost of a citation was 9,442.77 USD.
Conclusions: We cannot minimize the budgetary expenses of a government institution of thousands of workers to simple final products that are articles when in between are the expenses of salaries, awareness campaigns, building construction and its maintenance or things that have nothing to do with it. With science (or yes) how to pay the water bill of an institute; but if we can get closer to a theoretical cost of the articles and citations produced by Argentine scientists.

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Gonzalez-Argote J. How much does a citation cost?: A case study based on CONICET’s budget. Data and Metadata [Internet]. 2023 Apr. 2 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];2:29. Available from:

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