The value of science: changing conceptions of scientific productivity, 1869 to circa 1970

  title={The value of science: changing conceptions of scientific productivity, 1869 to circa 1970},
  author={Beno{\^i}t Godin},
  journal={Social Science Information},
  pages={547 - 586}
  • B. Godin
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Economics
  • Social Science Information
Productivity is now a buzzword in science studies. Whether you consult the literature on research management, the economic literature on technology and innovation, the literature on bibliometrics or the official literature on science policy and its conceptual frameworks, what you find is analyses on productivity, often accompanied by a plea, and recipes, for increased productivity. This article documents how the concept of productivity got into the analysis of science, through the statistics on… 

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