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Rousseau, R (2005)

Robert Fairthorne and the empirical power laws

Journal of Documentation 61(2), 194-202.

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Abstract: ABSTRACT: Purpose – Aims to review Fairthorne's classic article “Empirical hyperbolic distributions (Bradford-Zipf-Mandelbrot) for bibliometric description and prediction” (Journal of Documentation, Vol. 25, pp. 319-343, 1969), as part of a series marking the Journal of Documentation's 60th anniversary. Design/methodology/approach – Analysis of article content, qualitative evaluation of its subsequent impact, citation analysis, and diffusion analysis. Findings – The content, further developments and influence on the field of informetrics of this landmark paper are explained. Originality/value – A review is given of the contents of Fairthorne's original article and its influence on the field of informetrics. Its transdisciplinary reception is measured through a diffusion analysis

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Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest