, Volume 41, Issue 1–2, pp 225–241 | Cite as

The signs of science

  • P. Wouters


Since theScience Citation Index emerged within the system of scientific communication in 1964, an intense controversy about its character has been raging: in what sense can citation analysis be trusted? This debate can be characterized as the confrontation of different perspectives on science. In this paper the citation representation of science is discussed: the way the citation creates a new reality of as well as in the world of science; the main features of this reality; and some implications for science and science policy.


Scientific Literature Science Citation Index Science Policy Citation Analysis Citation Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Wouters
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  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology Dynamics Nieuwe Achtergracht 166Amsterdam(The Netherlands)

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