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The development of scientometrics as represented by the journal Scientometrics since the begining of its publication in 1978 to 2010


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Zauder, Krešimir. (2014). The development of scientometrics as represented by the journal Scientometrics since the begining of its publication in 1978 to 2010. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Information Science. [mentor Jokić, Maja].

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The goals of this research are: 1. to quantitatively describe the main corpus of scientometric literature with emphasis on its development through time, and 2. to implement main scientometric procedures in a versatile manner and to describe main scientometric methodological problems. One contribution of the research is in understanding and validation of scientometrics as a separate sub-discipline of information sciences through mainly quantitative treatment of all papers published in journal Scientometrics since the beginning of its publication in 1978 to 2010 with special emphasis on articles. Among the used analytical procedures, authorship and cooperation analysis, citation and co-citation analysis as well as overview according to main paper focus are the most prominent. The other contribution of the research is in description, implementation and merging of traditional scientometric procedures with network analysis and full texts of included articles. Given the complexity of input data which is not created under the control of the researcher, special attention has also been given to the process of data preparation. The thesis gives a short introduction about science and scientific inquiry into science through scientific literature. Methodology is divided in two parts, preparation and analysis, and is detailed as appropriate for the stated goals of the research. Due to the multi-aspect nature of the research, results and discussion are kept together and are shown after the methodology. The thesis finishes with the conclusion which gives a data overview about the development and relevance of scientometrics as well as about growing interest for it. Appendix 1. gives the python code which implements procedures described in methodology and which produces all the analytical results (i.e. tables and images) used in the thesis.

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: scientometrics, scientometric methods, field, development, cooperation analysis, citation analysis, network analysis
Subjects: Information sciences > Social-humanistic informatics
Departments: Department of Information Science
Supervisor: Jokić, Maja
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 11:26
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 11:26

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