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Basic categories of scientometrics

In a discussion paper Glänzel and Schoepflin (1994) suggested ‘reinforcing fundamental, methodological and experimental research programs in scientometrics’. The authors stressed the ‘need for acknowledged technical and scientific standards in research and publication’. They even proposed the establishment of a Code of Ethics for the field.

Little has been done, however, regarding the above proposals, although the application of defined and standardised categories would be essential. The development of a scientific discipline may be impeded by incompatible data, and lack of unified measures, methods, indicators, and generally accepted definitions of relationships, rules and laws: in summary, a lack of paradigms. ...

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