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Credit for Discoveries: Citation Data as a Basis for History of Science Analysis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Göteborgs universitet.
The Scientist, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
1998 (English)In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, ISSN 1386-7415, E-ISSN 1573-0980, Vol. 19, 609-620 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Citation data have become an increasingly significant source of information for historians, sociologists, and other researchers studying the evolution of science. In the past few decades elaborate methodologies have been developed for the use of citation data in the study of the modern history of science. This article focuses on how citation indexes make it possible to trace the background and development of discoveries as well as to assess the credit that publishing scientists assign to particular discoverers. Kuhn’s notion of discovery is discussed. The priority dispute over the discovery of the AIDS virus is used as an example.

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Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998. Vol. 19, 609-620 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-87027DiVA: diva2:600578
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