charles h. davis davisc at INDIANA.EDU
Thu Aug 10 18:58:44 EDT 2000

Point taken, however patronizing it may have been to Gene Garfield, to
whom we're all indebted.

Having said that, there is much new to be learned.  I call your attention
to the following website:


Take a look at "Webometrics and Influmetrics."

While one may deplore the neologisms, s/he might also learn something.  In
addition to the usual citation-analyses, people should take seriously the
examination of acknowledgements -- a related but different kind of
intellectual indebtedness.

I am particularly interested as I believe the behavior follows a power
curve rather than a simple exponential "law."  (Note that I put "law" in
parentheses since it merely exemplifies a pattern.)

Before she passed away, Jean Tague expressed interest in some work that
Blaise Cronin and I had done:
Davis, Charles H. and Blaise Cronin, "Acknowledgments and
Intellectual Indebtedness: A Bibliometric Conjecture," Journal of the
American Society for Information Science 44(10):590-592 (December 1993)
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