Publication productivity. From frequency distributions to scientometric indicators

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A new approach to scientometric indicators which is based on frequency distribution characteristics is presented. The publication productivity of ten major OECD countries during the 1981-1985 period is studied. A stochastic 'cumulative advantage' process having a Waring-type stationary limit distribution is assumed to underlie the publication process. This model makes it possible to estimate such indicators as the 'Publication Potential' and the 'Cumulative Advantage Coefficient' which indicate the number of potential and of factual authors and the effect of the 'success-breeds-success' phenomenon, respectively. A discussion of the publication behaviour of the scientific elite based on indicators of the distribution tail concludes the comparative evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Information Science
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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