Festschrifts in the information sciences, with special attention to Eugene Garfield's festschrift "The Web of Knowledge"
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Documentation and information
Collnet journal of scientometrics and information management. - New Delhi
, p. 7-16
University of Antwerp
A festschrift is a book, usually edited by some colleagues, to honour an academic. It contains contributions by colleagues and (former) students. In this paper we give special attention to The Web of Knowledge, a festschrift edited by Blaise Cronin and Helen Atkins, in honour of Eugene Garfi elds seventy-fi fth birthday. We study its contents and citation history. Also ISSIs festschrift series, honouring Tibor Braun, Olle Persson, Peter Ingwersen and Manfred Bonitz is discussed. It is observed that generally contributions to festschrifts are not highly cited, yet it is not true that they are virtually uncited. In particular, The Web of Knowledge is cited on the same level as the better journals in library and information science.