Confined to grow?
Publication dynamics and the proliferation of scientific journals
Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics – Johannes Kepler University, Altenbergerstr. 69, 4040 Linz, Austria
* Email: Istvan.Daruka@jku.at
The number of research papers published yearly shows a staggering exponential growth. One can in fact witness a century-long publication avalanche (Fig.1). According to the two major databases INSPEC and Thomson Reuters, there is a 300-fold increase in the number of published items since the year 1900. The world of science has recently reached such a level of proliferating complexity that its structural evolution itself poses challenging scientific problems.
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