ABS:Wouters, Citation theory, Indicator theories

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Fri Jul 16 18:20:52 EDT 1999

Author(s):  Wouters P
Title:  Beyond the holy grail: From citation theory to indicator theories
Source:  SCIENTOMETRICS 1999, Vol 44, Iss 3, pp 561-580
Addresses:  Wouters P, Univ Amsterdam, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, NL-1018 WV
Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Univ Amsterdam, NL-1018 WV Amsterdam, Netherlands.

KeywordsPlus:  SCIENCE

Abstract:  A recurring theme in the use of science and technology
indicators, as well as in the construction of new ones, is the
interpretation of these indicators. Given the dependence on citation data
in the majority of interesting science and technology indicators, a
general citation theory would make the meaning of S&T indicators more
transparent. Hence the continuing call for a citation theory in
scientometrics. So far, such a theory has not yet been accepted by the
experts in the field. This paper suggests an explanation for this. It also
tries to sketch the outline of a general indicator theory by discussing
new implications of an earlierproposal (Wouters, 1998) in relation to
existing citation and indicator theories.

Source item page count:  20
Publication Date:  MAR-APR
IDS No.:  192LV
29-char source abbrev:  SCIENTOMETRICS

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