Scientometric Analyses in Physics

Czechoslovak Journal of Physics B

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 39-42

First online:

Historic papers in physics — The case of Hugo Martin Tetrode, 1895–1931

  • D. DieksAffiliated withFysisch Laboratorium, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
  • , W. J. SlootenAffiliated withFysisch Laboratorium, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht

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It appears from the foregoing discussion that the results of citation analysis can be interpreted, in the investigated case, as indicators for either the direct use which is made of a paper in research, or for the “visibility” of its author as a pioneer in a (sub)-discipline. In the last case the citation scores primarily reflect the dynamics of the relevant scientific discipline.

More generally the case-study indicates the potential usefulness of combining citation analysis with more conventional ways of evaluating the role articles play and have played in science.