Following the Footnotes

is Björn Hammarfelt’s doctoral dissertation from Uppsala 2012, on citation patterns in Literary Studies. (Link:

Hammarfelt shows how Literary Studies, probably like many other fields of humanities and social sciences, differ in how they cite, and, hence, how the use of citation analysis must acknowledge and be adapted to this in order to become meaningful.  He also describes the differences between STM and HSS by the terms “urban” and “rural”, the HSS being rural in the sense that there are no common research front and few researchers in most topics.

Quite readable, even for the layman!

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