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Informetrics is the study of quantitative aspects of information.[1] This includes the production, dissemination, and use of all forms of information, regardless of its form or origin. Informetrics encompasses the following fields:[2][3]

The term informetrics (French: Informetrie) was coined by Nacke in 1979.[4][5]

In the western world, 20th century's Informetrics is mostly based on Lotka's law, named after Alfred J. Lotka, Zipf's law, named after George Kingsley Zipf, Bradford's law named after Samuel C. Bradford and on the work of Derek J. de Solla Price, Gerard Salton, Leo Egghe, Ronald Rousseau, Tibor Braun, Olle Persson, Peter Ingwersen, Manfred Bonitz, and Eugene Garfield.[6][7][8]

Quantitative analysis of bibliographic data was pioneered by Robert K. Merton in an article called Science, Technology, and Society in Seventeenth Century England and originally published by Merton in 1938.[9]

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  1. ^ Wolfram, D. (2003). Applied Informetrics for Information Retrieval Research. Libraries Unlimited.
  2. ^ Tague-Sutcliffe, Jean (1992). "An Introduction to Informetrics". Information Processing and Management. 28 (1): 1–3. doi:10.1016/0306-4573(92)90087-G.
  3. ^ Wilson, Concepción S. (1999). "Informetrics". Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Medford, NJ: Information Today. 34: 107–247.
  4. ^ Nacke, O. (1979). "Informetrie: eine neuer Name für eine neue Disziplin". Nachrichten für Dokumentation. 30 (6): 219–226.
  5. ^ Bar-Ilan, Judit (2008). "Informetrics at the beginning of the 21st century: A review". Journal of Informetrics. 2 (1): 1–52. doi:10.1016/j.joi.2007.11.001.
  6. ^ Tabah, Albert (1996). Information Epidemics and the Growth of Physics (Thesis).
  7. ^ Egghe, Leo; Rousseau, Ronald (1990). Introduction to Informetrics: Quantitative Methods in Library, Documentation, and Information Science. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-444-88493-0.
  8. ^ Braam, Robert R. (1991). Mapping of science: Foci of intellectual interest in scientific literature. DSWO Press. ISBN 90-6695-049-8.
  9. ^ Merton, Robert K. Studies on the History and Philosophy of Science, and on the History of Learning and Culture. Bruges, The St. Catherine Press, Ltd., 1938, Osiris, IV, 2, 360-632.(Extended edition, Humanities Press, 1970. Reprinted 1978. Reissued: Howard Fertig, 2001)

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