Galton 2012: the bibliometric journey continues

  • Juan Gorraiz University of Vienna, Vienna University Library, Bibliometrics Department, Boltzmanngasse 5, A-1090 Wien, Austria
  • Christian Gumpenberger University of Vienna, Library and Archive Services, Bibliometrics Department, Boltzmanng. 5, A-1090 Vienna
  • Martin Wieland University of Vienna, Library and Archive Services, Bibliometrics Department, Boltzmanng. 5, A-1090 Vienna

Abstract

Francis Galton was not only a universal genius; he can also be regarded as a scientometric pioneer. On the occasion of his 100th death anniversary in 2011, he was used as a role model for a bibliometric impact analysis of his works. This is the followup study of a previous citation analysis, which was now expanded by introducing ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) as a complementary data source. Additionally all retrieved documents in WoS either citing or mentioning Galton were visualized using Bibexcel, Pajek and VOS Viewer. Furthermore Galton‟s h-index and g-index were calculated and found to be very high compared to other historic scientific personalities. The citation-to-obliteration ratio was different for PQDT in comparison to WoS or Scopus. Visualization allows better interpretation and understanding of the obtained results and is useful for the identification of eponyms.  Overall citation analysis and occurrence counting are complementary useful methods for the impact analysis of the works of “giants”. This type of retrospective bibliometric studies presents an interesting and promising field of activity for librarians and information specialists.

Published
2017-06-06
How to Cite
GORRAIZ, Juan; GUMPENBERGER, Christian; WIELAND, Martin. Galton 2012: the bibliometric journey continues. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 3, p. 559-573, june 2017. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <http://qqml-journal.net/index.php/qqml/article/view/267>. Date accessed: 25 jan. 2020.