, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 535–544 | Cite as

A rhythm indicator for science and the rhythm of Science

  • Liming Liang
  • Ronald Rousseau
  • Fei Shi


The rhythm of science may be compared to the rhythm of music. The R-indicator studied in this article is a complex indicator, trying to reflect part of this rhythm. The R-indicator interweaves publication and citation data over a long period. In this way R-sequences can be used to describe the evolutionary rhythm of science considered in a novel way. As an example the R-sequence of the journal Science from 1945 on is calculated.


Impact Factor Citation Data Impact Indicator Scientometric Indicator Complex Indicator 
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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Liming Liang
    • 1
  • Ronald Rousseau
    • 2
  • Fei Shi
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Science Technology and Society, Henan Normal University; University of Antwerp (UA), IBW
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Sciences and TechnologyUniversity of Antwerp (UA), IBW; KHBO (Association K.U.Leuven), IWTOostende
  3. 3.Thomson Scietific China Office

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