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  • noun sciences The scientific measurement of the work of scientists, especially by way of analysing their publications and the citations within them


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  • In chapter 7, Measuring the size of science, he makes the case for scientometrics - an econometric-type view of science.

    Christina's LIS Rant 2009

  • [Speaking of which, I should link to this Current Science editorial by P.of.P. Balaram saying some nasty things about scientometrics.]

    DesiPundit 2009

  • books from a father of scientometrics and a great in the early days of STS.

    Christina's LIS Rant 2009


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  • The citation network tells us how ideas are related; visual representations tell us how ideas are communicated. Figures from related groups, authors, and fields share a ‘DNA’ that can reveal how information is conveyed.

    We adopt the term viziometrics to describe this line of research to convey the shared goals with bibliometrics and scientometrics. As with bibliometrics, viziometrics uses citations to measure impact, but focuses on relating impact to the patterns of figure use. We analyze theses patterns within the papers (specifically, the distribution of various figure types) in order to understand how they may be used to more effectively communicate ideas. We have two overarching goals . . . First, we seek to build new tools and services based on the visual information in the literature to help researchers find results more efficiently. . . . Second, can the patterns of figure use inform new best practices for scientific communication, especially outside of the authors’ own discipline?

    Po-Shen Lee, Jevin D. West & Bill Howe, Viziometrics: Analyzing Visual Information in the Scientific Literature, IEEE Transactions in Big Data, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 1, 2018)

    April 24, 2018