Last Friday, December 18, the EC-3 group started the second season of our Reading Club, where once a month we meet to discuss and share our opinions about various scientific and bibliometric publications.
The philosophy that we want to transmit through this activity is that the seniors of the group introduce the fresh blood to the classics of bibliometrics and scientific communication as well as to inspire new readings outside (or not) the discipline to motivate, enrich and train our young researchers.
For this purpose, we have categorized the sessions according to the text we have prepared that month, following the following classification:
Classics: Those texts that the seniors of the group consider elementary and essential.
Inspirational Readings: We open the circle to works/books that we consider interesting and inspiring without restricting ourselves to scientific or non-fiction reading.
Trends: In these sessions we will read, comment and critique scientific works of the current paradigm, in order to be up to date. In addition, these readings will be related to the different thesis topics of the doctoral students.
The first text we dealt with was one of the classics mentioned above:
Small, H. (2003). Paradigms, citations, and maps of science: A personal history. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54(5), 394-399. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.10225
It is a highly recommended text by one of the fathers of bibliometrics that talks about how the map of science has evolved with the advent of bibliometric analysis. In addition to talking about the concept of paradigm that Kuhn coined and whose definition has had problems over time to be understood, he also talks about his work when he started at ISI in 1972.
In conclusion, it is a very readable and interesting scientific text given the impersonal character with which Henry Small writes it and is a great recommendation for all those who want to get into this world.