Category Archives: Bibliometry

The Ortega hypothesis in Goodstein’s “On Fact and Fraud”

“Science is a true meritocracy, however, it is important to be in the right place at the right time.” The Ortega hypothesis: “Financial support for doing science and access to scientific facilities should be shared democratically, not concentrated in the hands of a … Continue reading

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Arnold & Fowler on “Nefarious Numbers” about the impact factor manipulation

“Goodhart’s law warns us that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” The impact factor has moved in recent years from an obscure bibliometric indicator to become the chief quantitative measure of the quality of a journal, … Continue reading

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Google Books Team introduces “culturomics” in Science Magazine

“Google Books has digitized over fifteen million books: over 11% of all the books ever published (about 129 million book editions). The Google Books collection contains over five billion pages and two trillion words, with books dating back to as early as 1473 … Continue reading

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Foland and Shelton, “Why is Europe so efficient at producing scientific papers?”

The total number of Europe scientific papers in 2007 has resulted from an investment of only $1.1 million, but the same amount of papers will cost US about $1.8 million (and China about the same).  Why the EU is so efficient in paper … Continue reading

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