Controversial Questions

Eugene Garfield egarfield at ROCKETMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 11 22:19:03 EDT 2000

Dear Betsy: Perhaps the reason for a lack of
discussion of the theory you mentioned is that most of
us are not familiar with the book or the theory you
mention. So why don't you provide us with a summary of
it? Or perhaps you can convince the author of the
theory to provide the summary. There is nothing in the
title of the book that would lead one to assume that
it was relevant to bibliometrics, but I am glad to be
enlightened. I look forward to your further posting.
Best wishes. Eugene Garfield
--- "Betsy V. Martens" <bvmarten at MAILBOX.SYR.EDU>
> Hi,
> I have to agree with Quentin Burrell that there IS a
> surprising lack of
> discussion on this listserv, especially as compared
> with the conversations
> that take place on SOCNET, for example. (This is not
> at all to denigrate
> the helpful contributions of Gretchen, Gene Garfield
> and Charles Davis
> both on and off the list!). I find the abstracts
> most helpful, track down
> and read the articles, but then have little
> opportunity to discuss them
> with anyone.
> Just as additional conversation fodder: I'd be
> curious myself to know
> what people on the list think of the theory of
> "engineered reach" as
> applied to citations by David Kaufer and Kathleen
> Carley in their 1993
> book, "Communication at a Distance"? Is anyone
> attempting to replicate
> their simulated findings with actual citation data?
> Why or why not?
> Betsy Van der Veer Martens
> Ph.D. candidate
> School of Information Studies
> Syracuse University
> bvmarten at

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