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Last month, the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) convened in Wuhan, China for the International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI2017). This biennial event provides the community with the opportunity to sustain and create new relationships, celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars, and learn about the latest research in the field. It was an unforgettable week. The speeches on the opening day acknowledged the shoulders of giants on which ou...

In science, reproducibility is key for making systematic progress. Scientometrics is no exception to this. The reproducibility of scientometric research was the topic of a workshop held in the afternoon of 17th October 2017 at the 16th ISSI Conference, in Wuhan, China, attracting about 50 participants. The workshop sought to kick off the debate whether and in what way the reproducibility of research in scientometrics may be endangered, and if so, what to do to address the problem.  The workshop...

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...

The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) brings together publishers and researchers to “promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.” This collaborative endeavor has encouraged several publishers—including the Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley—to publicly release their reference metadata. At the beginning of the initiative, only 1% of the citation metadata collected annually by Crossref was publicly available. As of June, 2017, near...

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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