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Title: Reflections on a deflection: a note on different causes of the Groos droop
Authors: EGGHE, Leo 
ROUSSEAU, Ronald 
Issue Date: 1988
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Source: SCIENTOMETRICS, 14 (5-6), p. 493-511
Abstract: In this paper different aspects that cause the so-called Groos droop, are investigated. We start from pure Bradfordian data (i.e. without a Groos droop) and discuss what actions can cause a deflection on the Bradford-Leimkuhler curve. It is, of course, well-known, that incompleteness of the data is one aspect, but we show that taking unions of pure Bradfordian bibliographies can also yield a bibliography with a Groos droop. As such, a Groos droop can always be expected in interdisciplinary bibliographies. In this way we suggest an explanation for the experimental differences between the micro-and macro-curves obtained byBonitz andSchmidt (Scientometrics, 4 (1982) 283.). In conclusion we may say that the Groos droop can be explained through Bradford's law and hence that they do not contradict each other.
Notes: KATHOLIEKE IND HOGESCH W VLAANDEREN,B-8400 OOSTENDE,BELGIUM.
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17907
ISSN: 0138-9130
e-ISSN: 1588-2861
DOI: 10.1007/BF02017105
ISI #: A1988R736000010
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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