Why has Latour's theory of citations been ignored by the bibliometric community? Discussion of sociological interpretations of citation analysis

Terttu Luukkonen

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Abstract

The paper discusses the often lamented lack of a theory of citations, and the lack of a sociological theory in particular. It draws attention to one proposed theory and discusses the potential reasons why it has not been generally accepted as the theory of citations, despite its merits in explaining many phenomena in the citation behaviour of scientists. This theory has been expounded by Latour and presented, in particular, in his book entitled Science in Action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27 - 37
Number of pages11
JournalScientometrics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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In: Scientometrics, Vol. 38, No. 1, 1997, p. 27 - 37.

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