, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 669–674 | Cite as

A decade of Garfield readers



This brief note discusses Garfield’s continuing influence from the perspective of the Mendeley readers of his articles. This reflects the direct impact of his work since the launch of Mendeley in August 2008. In the last decade, his work is still extensively read by younger scientists, especially in computer and information sciences and the social sciences, and with a broad international spread. His work on citation indexes, impact factors and science history tracking seems to have the most contemporary relevance.


Mendeley Scientometrics Usage indicators Citation analysis 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, School of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK

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