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I am delighted to announce the results from the inaugural ISSI Paper of the Year award! The goal of the award, established by the 2016 ISSI Board of Directors, is to stimulate and recognize high quality research in the field. For the 2016 award, an international committee of ISSI members was appointed by the ISSI Board of Directors and consisted of Lin Zhang (China), Ronald Rousseau (Belgium), Ludo Waltman (Netherlands), Vincent Lariviere (Canada), and was chaired by ISSI President Cassidy R. Su...

In one week from today, the ISSI community will be meeting in Wuhan, China for the 16th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics. An examination of the program demonstrates that traditional topics are well represented, with several sessions on citation analysis, collaboration, indicators, and patents. Contemporary topics, such as altmetrics, visualization, and topic modeling, are also prominent. Mathematical issues—like modeling and network science—appear as well as the more...

In 1963, Derek de Solla Price published a “prologue to the science of science” in his much lauded work, Big Science, Little Science. Price, a British physicist and historian of science—called for a field that would turn “the tools of science on science itself”. He demonstrated the utility of a quantitative approach to science studies for understanding the progress, as well as the structural and political properties, of science. In that same year, Eugene Garfield released the first Science Citati...

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