May 21, 2022

Citation Analysis: Scientometrics Pioneer Eugene Garfield Dies

From The Scientist:

Eugene Garfield, who launched the field of citation analysis, died yesterday (February 26) in Pennsylvania. He was 91.

“He was an amazing character whose influence on information science, writ large, can’t be underestimated,” H. Carton Rogers III, vice provost and director of libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, where Garfield served as a member of the Libraries’ Board of Overseers, said in a statement emailed to The Scientist. “He will be greatly missed.”

Garfield founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1955. In addition to the ISI’s Science Citation Index, a system used to chart connections between pieces of scientific literature that later became accessible electronically via the Web of Science, Garfield launched Current Contents, an early effort that sought to compile important info

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See Also: Founding Father of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, Dr. Eugene Garfield Dies at 91

His Writing

Many of Dr. Garfield’s Research Papers and Presentations are Available Online

The Google Angle

Citation indexing in general is discussed in the Sergey Brin and Larry Page seminal paper, The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertext Search Engine” (1998). In another paper co-authored by Page and Brin (along with Rajeev Motwani and Terry Winograd) “The PageRank Citation Ranking: Bringing Order to the Web” (1998) mention and cite Dr. Garfield’s article, “New international professional society signals the maturing of scientometrics and informetrics. The Scientist, 9(16), Aug 1995.”


About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.