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Competition amongst scientists for publication status:Toward a model of scientific publication and citation distributions

Authors
  • Van Raan, Anthony F. J.1
  • 1 University of Leiden, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden, (The Netherlands),E-mail , Leiden
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scientometrics
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2001
Volume
51
Issue
1
Pages
347–357
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1010501820393
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

We present a model in which scientists compete with each other in order to acquire status fortheir publications in a two-step-process: first, to get their work published in better journals, andsecond, to get this work cited in these journals. On the basis of two Maxwell-Boltzmann typedistribution functions of source publications we derive a distribution function of citingpublications over source publications. This distribution function corresponds very well to theempirical data. In contrast to all observations so far, we conclude that this distribution of citationsover publications, which is a crucial phenomenon in scientometrics, is not a power law, but amodified Bessel-function.

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