An author-centred scientometric analysis of Daniel Gile's œuvre

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The article begins with a quantitative scientometric study of Daniel Gile’s published writings. The study focuses on the diachronic development of Gile’s writings and several other aspects of his scientific oeuvre such as types of publications; languages of publication; media of publication; topics; and co-authorships. The co-authorship data are then displayed by means of a coauthorship network and discussed within the framework of network analysis. In addition, a brief keyword analysis of the titles of the publications provides a first glimpse into the range of topics which are tackled in Daniel Gile’s publications. The paper then goes on to deepen the insights gleaned from the scientometric study in an analysis of citations of Gile’s writings by other authors. The citation analysis represents a first attempt to investigate Gile’s “impact” on the scientific community, even though it is inherent to the nature of citation analysis that the data obtained by such an approach can never be complete. We think that all three approaches can provide interesting insights into Gile’s oeuvre. Owing to his pioneering publications on scientometrics and citation analysis, Daniel Gile strikes us as a perfect “candidate” for such an author-centred scientometric approach.


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