Quantitative and Qualitative STS: The Intellectual and Practical Contributions of Scientometrics; preprint version

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Fri Apr 3 13:51:32 EDT 2015

Quantitative and Qualitative STS: The Intellectual and Practical
Contributions of Scientometrics


Sally Wyatt, Staša Milojevič, Diana Lucio-Arias, Han Woo Park, Selma
Šabanović, and Loet Leydesdorff


We focus on methods in this chapter, but not the qualitative methods largely
reported in the pages of Social Studies of Science, and Science, Technology
and Human Values, but the quantitative methods used by scientometricians. We
have two starting points. First, there is a common origin story to be told
about STS and scientometrics, that begins with the work of Robert K. Merton
(1910-2003). Second, despite the growing split between the two, they
continue to share a deep commitment to the empirical, even if the empirical
materials used and the methods deployed to analyze them are very different.
We argue that it is important to reconcile these two approaches, especially
with the rise of "big data".


** apologies for cross-postings

** preprint version available at



Loet Leydesdorff 

Emeritus University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)

 <mailto:loet at leydesdorff.net> loet at leydesdorff.net ;
<http://www.leydesdorff.net/> http://www.leydesdorff.net/ 
Honorary Professor,  <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/> SPRU, University of

Guest Professor  <http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/> Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou;
Visiting Professor,  <http://www.istic.ac.cn/Eng/brief_en.html> ISTIC,

Visiting Professor,  <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/> Birkbeck, University of London;



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