The four main points raised by Turki et al. in their letter "Facts to consider when analyzing the references of Nobel Prize scientific background" are discussed. It is argued that while the suggestions of Turki et al. are interesting, most require subjective choices to be made regarding the data analysis. Both in the analysis of author rank, of articles with multiple references, and of citation networks suggested by Turki et al. subjective choices on behalf of the analyzer is required, clouding the raw data obtained from the Nobel Foundation Scientific Background material. Finally, we show that the references specified in the "Further reading" section is already included in the discussed analysis.
- Nobel Prize
- Impact factor