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.
A few links:
- Scientometrics Pioneer Eugene Garfield Dies, The Scientist, Feb. 27, 2017
- Citation Analysis: Scientometrics Pioneer Eugene Garfield Dies Infodocket
- How to Use the Science Citation Index Part 1– YouTube from 1967, 10 minutes
- 50 Years of Citation Indexing: A visit with Dr. Eugene Garfield Youtube, 5 minutes