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master record

[′mas·tər ′rek·ərd]
(computer science)
The basic updated record which will be used for the next run.

master record

A set of data for an individual subject, such as a customer, employee or vendor. See master file.
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Manually adding the only master record where Lancaster's name appears with only his first initial increases his h-index to 14 because that paper was cited 27 times.
Searching under coauthor names and their variant and anticipated misspellings also brought up dozens of works and hundreds of orphan and stray citations (such as Harricombe in addition to the correct Haricombe) because they did not have a master record, or differed in any of the following data elements from the master record: cited author last name, first and middle initial; publication year, volume and issue numbers; starting page numbers; and the cited work's title.
I preferred to leave them alone rather than assign them to the most likely master record or most likely pseudo master record that I created for orphan and stray references for the same work/same edition.
Looking it up in the cited reference index added 11 orphan records, which mostly had slightly different pagination from the pagination in the master record.
Browsing and searching the cited reference index of the 1945-2007 edition of WoS, which in my estimate has over a hundred million "orphan references" that have no counterpart master records to be attached to, and "stray references" that cite papers which do have master records but cannot be identified by the matching algorithm because of errors of omission and commission in the references of the citing works, can bring up hundreds of additional cited references given to works of an accomplished author but are ignored in the automatic process of calculating the h-index.
The research for this Festschrift showed that in WoS alone there are more than 2,000 references to his nonjournal publications, and to inconsistently or incorrectly cited/recorded journal publications, in addition to the 650 references that were automatically matched with and attributed to the 131 master records for his publications by WoS.
I included in this paper several screenshot illustrations for the major problems not only for facilitating the understanding of serious problems, which may have a wide-ranging affect, but also because the master records may be deleted as has been the case after my articles or PowerPoint presentations discussing the deficiencies were published or were posted on the Web.
It is a bad sign that the search for "FW Lancaster" as author yields only twenty-six hits, one-fifth of what WoS has master records for.
The low number of master records for Lancaster is a problem in itself, especially when there are no master records, which would be pegs to allow the software to hang its hat of cited references on for well over a hundred of Lancaster's articles, many of which have been cited much more than six times, nor for his books, many of which have been cited more than a hundred times.
Even when there are master records to attribute citations to, the Scopus citation counts are significantly lower than the citation counts in WoS, because twenty-two of the twenty-six records in Scopus are for articles published before 1996, and articles get most of their citations in their second and third years.
Agents who do not complete conversion applications will not have master records created and will not receive a single licensing application.
The transition to the new master records will be in place by March 1, 1995.

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