[Sigmetrics] Replicability and the public/private divide

Loet Leydesdorff loet at leydesdorff.net
Wed Sep 30 04:08:18 EDT 2015

Replicability and the public/private divide

Letter to the Editor, forthcoming in the Journal of the Association for
Information Science and Technology.


In a recent letter, Carlos Vilchez-Román criticizes Bornmann et al. (2015)
for using data which cannot be reproduced without access to an in-house
version of the Web-of-Science (WoS) at the Max Planck Digital Libraries
(MPDL, Munich). We agree with the norm of replicability and therefore
returned to our data. Is the problem only a practical one of automation or
does the in-house processing add analytical value to the data? Is the newly
emerging situation in any sense different from a further professionalization
of the field? In our opinion, a political economy of science indicators has
in the meantime emerged with a competitive dynamic that affects the
intellectual organization of the field. 


Loet Leydesdorff, Caroline Wagner, and Lutz Bornmann



* Available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.08798 ;



Loet Leydesdorff 

Professor Emeritus, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

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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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