Scientometrics

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 467–472 | Cite as

Sleeping Beauties in science

  • Anthony F. J. van Raan

Abstract

A ‘Sleeping Beauty in Science’ is a publication that goes unnoticed (‘sleeps’) for a long time and then, almost suddenly, attracts a lot of attention (‘is awakened by a prince’). We here report the -to our knowledge- first extensive measurement of the occurrence of Sleeping Beauties in the science literature. We derived from the measurements an ‘awakening’ probability function and identified the ‘most extreme Sleeping Beauty so far’.

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© Kluwer Academic Publisher/Akadémiai Kiadó 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony F. J. van Raan
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Science and Technology StudiesLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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