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The reflection of LOTKA's law in the structure of citations of a journal

  • Hildrun Kretschmer


A complex structure measure for social groups was applied to the structure of citations in a journal. The citation structure reflected LOTKA's law on the various levels of group structure measure. On the first structure level the reciprocal effect of social and cognitive factors became discernible. The different hierarchical levels of the structure measure were a reflection of the logarithm of number of publications per author obtained in a group of authors with a definite number of publications.


Reflection Social Group Group Structure Structure Level Hierarchical Level 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hildrun Kretschmer
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  1. 1.Institute of Theory, History and Organisation of ScienceAcademy of Sciences of the German Democratic RepublicBerlinGDR

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