Activity Index and Lotkas's Law Validation on Human DNA Research

Activity Index and Lotkas's Law Validation on Human DNA Research

P. Murugiah (Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1309-5.ch005
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The chapter analyzes the activity index and Lotka's law validation on human DNA research during 1989-2013. This present study uses Scopus database to find publications of ‘Human DNA'. The study showed that the lowest relative growth rate (RGR) was 0.04 in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Similarly, the RGR rose to 0.75 in 1990, and the average mean value of RGR was 0.15. The total no. of authors was (an) = 82886 for 42 publications that each author contributed in the human DNA research. The authors reported that the percentage that authors predicted by Lotka's authors (F-P)2/P = 1526.66.
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Tague-Sutcliffe (1992) stated “Scientometrics is the study of the quantitative aspects of science as a discipline or economic activity”. Scientometrics is a part of the sociology of science and has application to science policy-making. It involves quantitative studies of scientific activities, including, among others, publication, and so overlaps with bibliometrics to some extent. In Bibliometric indicators in the field of microbiology: A Norwegian case study, the authors found that only 41 percent of all publications in NSIOD-indexed journals, that were expert-classified as microbiology, were included under the NSIOD-category Microbiology. Aksnes, Olsen and Seglen (2000) observe and assess it quality for bibliometric studies attempting to analyze the evolution of biotechnology research. Dalpe, (2002) analyzes to map leading organizations, and to study the interaction between science and technology According to Saferstein (2001) “forensic science is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system.” Thus forensic science is related to the police agencies and to the judiciary.

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