Wednesday, November 15, 2006

RESEARCH EVALUATION

Godin B. 2006. On the origins of bibliometrics. Scientometrics 68 (1): 109-133.

This article is very interesting since it highlights an undoubtedly unusual issue: the origins of bibliometrics. In the field of scientometrics, based on statistics on science, bibliometrics is a subfield concerned with measuring the output side of science. According to most “histories”, in the 1950s the pioneers of bibliometrics were mainly D.J.D. Price and Eugene Garfield. However, in the early 1900s, psychologists began collecting statistics on their discipline so that the systematic counting of publications originated with psychologists. Publications came to be counted in addresses, reviews and histories of psychology for several decades. The aim was to contribute to the advancement of psychology. This is a pioneering work that shoud be taken into consideration.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/133852nn77213414/?p=3070990f95884a138c42291645cc262c&pi=5

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