- Book/source title
- International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences
- Pages (from-to)
- Amsterdam: Elsevier
- Volume | Edition (Publisher)
- 21 | 2
- ISBN (electronic)
- Document type
- Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
This article provides an overview of the field of scientometrics, that is, the study of science, technology, and innovation from a quantitative perspective. We cover major historical milestones in the development of this specialism from the 1960s to today and discuss its relationship with the sociology of scientific knowledge, the library and information sciences, and science policy issues such as indicator development. The disciplinary organization of scientometrics is analyzed both conceptually and empirically. A state-of-the-art review of five major research threads is provided.
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