How is a revolutionary scientific paper cited? the case of Hess’ “History of Ocean Basins”

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How is a revolutionary scientific paper cited? the case of Hess’ “History of Ocean Basins”. / Wray, K. Brad.

In: Scientometrics, Vol. 124, No. 2, 08.2020, p. 1677-1683.

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title = "How is a revolutionary scientific paper cited?: the case of Hess{\textquoteright} “History of Ocean Basins”",
abstract = "I examine the citation patterns to a revolutionary scientific paper, Hess{\textquoteright} “History ofOcean Basins”, which played a significant role in the plate tectonics revolution in thegeosciences. I test two predictions made by the geoscientist Henry Menard (1971): (i)that the peak year of citations for Hess{\textquoteright} article will be 1968; and (ii) that the rate ofcitations to the article will then reach some lower level, continuing on accumulatingcitations at some regular but unimpressive rate. Drawing on data covering the periodfrom 1962 to 2019, I show that Menard was close with respect to the first prediction.But I also show that things are less clear with respect to the second prediction. Iexplain why the data are less clear with respect to the second prediction.",
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