Scientometrics

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 451–466

Indicators of failed information epidemics in the scientific journal literature: A publication analysis of Polywater and Cold Nuclear Fusion

  • Eric Ackermann
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-006-0033-0

Cite this article as:
Ackermann, E. Scientometrics (2006) 66: 451. doi:10.1007/s11192-006-0033-0

Summary

A literature review uncovered six distinctive indicators of failed information epidemics in the scientific journal literature: (1) presence of seminal papers(s), (2) rapid growth/decline in author frequency, (3) multi-disciplinary research, (4) epidemic growth/decline in journal publication frequency, (5) predominance of rapid communication journal publications, and (6) increased multi-authorship. These indicators were applied to journal publication data from two known failed information epidemics, Polywater and Cold Nuclear Fusion. Indicators 1-4 were distinctive of the failed epidemics, Indicator 6 was not, and Indicator 5 might be. Further bibliometric study of these five indicators in the context of other epidemic literatures needed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Ackermann
    • 1
  1. 1.McConnell Library, Radford University