RIP Eugene Garfield

Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, Current Contents and Science Citation Index (now Web of Science), among others, died February 26. I was dumbfounded by many colleagues who did not know who he was when I was asking around yesterday so thought I needed to do some sort of post.

I remember reading with interest the weekly Essays of an Information Scientist in the paper copies of the Current Contents issues we had in the various libraries I worked early in my career. I think those essays, about peer review, the stories behind a particular journal article and why people publish where they publish, etc., were the beginning of thinking about scholarly communications as being part of librarianship for me.

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About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: rlewis@wustl.edu Phone: 314-935-4819