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Scientometrics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 235–249 | Cite as

Information theory and scientific communication

  • W. M. ShawJr.
Article

Abstract

Informal and formal communication processes are documented in the primary journal literature. Both processes impose structures on the authors who publish their research, and the formal process imposes a structure on the journals which publish scientific papers. In this paper, it is shown that information theory can be applied to these structures for the purpose of evaluating the contribution that authors and journals make to the communication of scientific information. Experimental results identify the most communicative authors and journals in an area of active research.

Keywords

Information Theory Scientific Communication Formal Process Scientific Information Scientific Paper 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. ShawJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Library ScienceCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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