Paper on scientometrics

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Thu Jul 25 11:26:35 EDT 2013

Dear Lutz: 


Whereas you may be right that new questions are asked of scientometrics, it does not follow that scientometrics has changed fundamentally in its methods. That needs to be proven empirically. Perhaps, the changes are much more gradual (that is, as in normal science). 






From: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics [mailto:SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU] On Behalf Of Bornmann, Lutz
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2013 2:19 PM
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] Paper on scientometrics


Is there currently a scientific revolution in scientometrics?

The author of this letter to the editor would like to set forth the argument that scientometrics is currently in a phase in which a taxonomic change, and hence a revolution, is taking place. One of the key terms in scientometrics is scientific impact which nowadays is understood to mean not only the impact on science but the impact on every area of society. 


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Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann

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