Does the production of ISI papers by Chilean ecologists (sensu lato) fit Lotka's (1926) law? ¿sigue la producción de artículos ISI de los ecólogos chilenos (sensu lato) la ley de Lotka (1926)?

Rau, J.R.

Abstract

Recently, two new bibliometric indicators were proposed to gauge the productivity of ISI papers and applied to a sample of 120 Chilean ecologists (sensu lato). The purpose of these indexes was to make a correction of the h-index for the number of coauthors and the number of self-citations as well as to a scientific age-standardization of that index. However, an analysis of residuals from the regression of the logarithm of the number of alocitations (correlated with the h-index) showed little effect of both, the number of coauthors and of self-citations and showed that the examination of the residuals is a more robust bibliometric indicator. Nevertheless, in this comment I use that database and, through a log-log regression analysis and the use of the LOTKA computer program, I show that Chilean ecologists do not follow the scientometric law of Lotka (1926), which postulates that only a minority of authors produces most of the articles published in a particular subject area.

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Título de la Revista: REVISTA CHILENA DE HISTORIA NATURAL
Volumen: 84
Número: 2
Editorial: Sociedad de Biología de Chile
Fecha de publicación: 2011
Página de inicio: 213
Página final: 216
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