, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 233–241 | Cite as

Rationales for Bradford's law

  • Karmeshu
  • N. C. Lind
  • V. Cano


Two models of the mechanism responsible for the distribution of scientific papers in an area over periodicals are given. Empirical distributions following Bradford's law are shown to agree quite closely with a lognormal distribution. This distribution arises, in one model, by taking the probability of a paper being published in a particular journal as the product of many independent factors. It can also arise, according to an alternative mechanism. by random subdivision of the papers in a field over the journals. The mechanisms are compared with other models in the literature.


Lognormal Distribution Independent Factor Empirical Distribution Alternative Mechanism Scientific Paper 
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© Akadéemiai Kiadó 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karmeshu
    • 1
  • N. C. Lind
    • 1
  • V. Cano
    • 1
  1. 1.Deportment of Civil EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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