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As if on cue, there appears a fascinating paper by David Mills at Oxford, which drives home the theme of my substack. It begins "This is the story of how a publisher and a citation index turned the science communication system into a highly profitable global industry. Over the course of seventy years, academic journal articles have become commodities . . ." Mills give a succinct account of Robert Maxwell (Pergamon Press) and Eugene Garfield (ISI/Current Contents/Science Citation Index) and how they got the ball rolling on the metrification of science.


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