F. W. Lancaster: A bibliometric analysis

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F. W. Lancaster, as the most cited author during the 1970s to early 1990s, has broad intellectual influence in many fields of research in library and information science. This bibliometric study collected citation data for Lancaster's publications from 1972 to 2006 and analyzed the data in terms of the time and space and disciplinary breadth of his intellectual influence. The result shows that Lancaster has established an extraordinary record of both productivity and citedness. Six of his works, according to the criteria for citation classic, have been cited so extensively over a longtime span that they qualify as citation classics in library and information science. Although much of the citation data, especially those in non-English publications, are not covered in citation databases, the bibliometric depiction nonetheless provides a good picture of Lancaster's contribution to and influence in library and information science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-967
Number of pages14
JournalLibrary Trends
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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