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A review of theory and practice in scientometrics

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  • Mingers, John
  • Leydesdorff, Loet

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Scientometrics is the study of the quantitative aspects of the process of science as a communication system. It is centrally, but not only, concerned with the analysis of citations in the academic literature. In recent years it has come to play a major role in the measurement and evaluation of research performance. In this review we consider: the historical development of scientometrics, sources of citation data, citation metrics and the “laws” of scientometrics, normalisation, journal impact factors and other journal metrics, visualising and mapping science, evaluation and policy, and future developments.

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  • Mingers, John & Leydesdorff, Loet, 2015. "A review of theory and practice in scientometrics," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 246(1), pages 1-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:246:y:2015:i:1:p:1-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.04.002
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