On the origins of bibliometrics

@article{Godin2006OnTO,
  title={On the origins of bibliometrics},
  author={Beno{\^i}t Godin},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2006},
  volume={68},
  pages={109-133}
}
  • B. Godin
  • Published 26 July 2006
  • Computer Science
  • Scientometrics
SummaryAmong the many statistics on science, called scientometrics, bibliometrics holds a privileged place. Bibliometrics is one of the few subfields concerned with measuring the output side of science. According to most “histories”, bibliometrics owes its systematic development mainly to D.J.D. Price and Eugene Garfield, as founders. The few works conducted before the 1950s are usually relegated to prehistory. This paper documents how the systematic counting of publications originated with… 

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