The Skewness of Science

@article{Seglen1992TheSO,
  title={The Skewness of Science},
  author={Per O. Seglen},
  journal={JASIS},
  year={1992},
  volume={43},
  pages={628-638}
}
Scientific publications are cited to a variable extent. Distributions of article citedness are therefore found to be very skewed even for articles written by the same author, approaching linearity in a semilog plot. It is suggested that this pattern reflects a basic probability distribution with some similarity to the upper part of a normal (Gaussian) distribution. Such a distribution would be expected for various kinds of highly specialized human activity, parallels being found in the… CONTINUE READING
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