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Conclusions

No a priori law exists. There are individuals, groups of individuals and things with common and particular properties. Relationships between individuals or things may be regarded as interactions between the corresponding characteristics. A law may be derived by the regular repetition of the same interaction.

In scientometrics – as in several other fields of science and social science – ‘laws’ cannot be regarded as strict rules; they rather represent probabilities. On the basis of scientific knowledge, however, predictions are possible. The question arises as to whether predictions can also be made based on scientometric knowledge. The answer is yes. If a paper is published in a journal with high Garfield (Impact) Factor (GF), ...

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