Editorial preface to the Eugene Garfield Memorial Issue
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From this time on, he served the journal, later—until his last day—as Honorary Editor.
In a sense, we could say that our whole journal, its existence and identity, is a commemoration of Eugene Garfield, but after his passing away—as a part of the “grief work”—we felt the necessity of dedicating a special issue to his memory.
In this issue, a somewhat heterogeneous mixture of personal recollections and research articles inspired by or dedicated to the memory of Eugene Garfield are presented. Invited authors ranged from awardees of the Derek de Solla Price Medal through coworkers of Eugene Garfield and Editorial Board members of Scientometrics to the awardees of the Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship.
In this preface, we should like to avoid the usual “inventory” of contributions. The Editors are grateful to all contributors for accepting the invitation and submitting valuable input.
Memorial Issues are always sad occasions for casting an account. Our loss is immense but we also should gain impetus to do our work even more consciously and responsibly failing to have Eugene Garfield’s watchful eye on us.
- Braun, T., Glänzel, W., & Schubert, A. (2010). The footmarks of Eugene Garfield in the journal Scientometrics. Annals of Library and Information Studies, 57(3), 177–183.Google Scholar