New paper

Bornmann, Lutz lutz.bornmann at GV.MPG.DE
Wed Oct 15 02:20:34 EDT 2014

Philosophy of science viewed through the lense of "References Publication Years spectrosopy" (RPYS)
K. Brad Wray<>, Lutz Bornmann<>
(Submitted on 13 Oct 2014)
We examine the sub-field of philosophy of science using a new method developed in information science, Referenced Publication Years Spectroscopy (RPYS). RPYS allows us to identify peak years in citations in a field, which promises to help scholars identify the key contributions to a field, and revolutionary discoveries in a field. We discovered that philosophy of science, a sub-field in the humanities, differs significantly from other fields examined with this method. Books play a more important role in philosophy of science than in the sciences. Further, Einstein's famous 1905 papers created a citation peak in the philosophy of science literature. But rather than being a contribution to the philosophy of science, their importance lies in the fact that they are revolutionary contributions to physics with important implications for philosophy of science.

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