Library Trends 30(1), pp. 65-81.

**ISSN/ISBN:** 0024-2594
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**Abstract:** Over the past fifty years, a sizable body of literature dealing with bibliometric models has developed. The early models were proposed because they were observed to fit graphically certain specific empirical frequency distributions. In many cases their functional forms were identical, the similarity only noted by other writers years later. In each case, depending on the subject field they applied to, there was a proliferation of papers which modified, extended, clarified, applied, and generalized the initial model. Almost all bibliometric models relate, in a simple functional form, one variable with another variable. For example, in journal productivity studies, for a bibliography covering a certain span of years on a particular subject, a few journals contribute a large number of articles, other journals contribute fewer, and so on in a monotonic sequence ending with a large number of journals contributing one article each to the subject. The two variables are number of journals and number of articles. After arranging the journals in a decreasing order of productivity, a frequency-size distribution is obtained for the number of journals containing a fixed number of articles each. Conversely, a frequency-rank table can be constructed for the number of articles associated with a journal of fixed rank. These two approaches to observed patterns form the two modes of the data tabulations.

**Bibtex:**

```
@article{,
title={General bibliometric models},
author={Hubert, John J},
journal={Library trends},
volume={30},
number={1},
pages={65--81},
year={1981},
publisher={University of Illinois Library School},
ISSN={0024-2594},
}
```

**Reference Type:** Journal Article

**Subject Area(s):** General Interest