, Volume 12, Issue 5–6, pp 373–379 | Cite as

Toward a definition of “bibliometrics”

  • R. N. Broadus


The definitions of the term ‘bibliometrics’ as used in the literature are examined and evaluated. Most such definitions are held to be too broad. A new definition is proposed; then its advantages and possible defects pointed out. A crucial question is whether Zipf's law of word occurrence should be considered a part of this particular sub-discipline.


Crucial Question Word Occurrence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. N. Broadus
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Library ScienceThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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