Scientometrics (contribution to Encyclopedia)

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Thu Aug 23 02:05:37 EDT 2012


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The paper provides an overview of the field of scientometrics, that is: the
study of science, technology, and innovation from a quantitative
perspective. We cover major historical milestones in the development of this
specialism from the 1960s to today and discuss its relationship with the
sociology of scientific knowledge, the library and information sciences, and
science policy issues such as indicator development. The disciplinary
organization of scientometrics is analyzed both conceptually and
empirically, using a map of journals cited in the core journal of the field,
entitled Scientometrics. A state-of-the-art review of five major research
threads is provided: (1) the measurement of impact; (2) the delineation of
reference sets; (3) theories of citation; (4) mapping science; and (5) the
policy and management contexts of indicator developments. 


Loet Leydesdorff and Staša Milojević


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Loet Leydesdorff 

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
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