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View from the Bibliographer's Desk : Exploring Two-Decades of Citations in the Discipline of History of Science (2022)


I have been the History of Science Society’s bibliographer since 2002. During that time, I have curated a large database of citation data going back to 1970. For this special issue, I surveyed the set of 16.800 journal article citations that were published in sixty core journals in the field of history of science, technology, and medicine over the eighteen-year period from 2002 through 2019. In this brief article, I have sought to highlight a few trends in the field over that time, I studied two areas of interest: co-authorship and article content. With regard to the nature of co-authorship, I find that there is a gradual but unambiguous increase in co-authorship in the discipline, a trend that is echoed in other areas of publication, including co-editing of journals. With regard to the content of articles, I made two types of surveys. First, I looked at how trends in the frequency of publication changed with regard to eight topic areas: religion and science, occult and related topics, evolution, environment, energy and climate, colonialism, race, and indigenous peoples. I show that the data tends to confirm my suspicion that with regard to such issues as environment, climate, and race, there is a very significant increase. In addition, I also look at the frequency that major historical figures are discussed in articles, concluding that there has actually been very little change in the canon over the eighteen years and that women remain quite understudied in the field.

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Authors & Contributors
Weldon, Stephen P.
Burke, Peter
Canadelli, Elena
De Ceglia, Francesco Paolo
Dupré, Sven
Halleux, Robert J.
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Acta Baltica historiae et philosophiae scientiarum
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Khimiya/Chemistry: Bulgarian Journal of Chemical Education
History of science, as a discipline
Periodicals; serials
Academia; academic community and profession
Citation analysis
Historians of science, modern
Sarton, George
Galilei, Galileo
Neu, John
Whitrow, Magda
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
17th century
20th century, early
Latin America
History of Science Society

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