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April 12th, 2005

How are we doing?

Richard Jones: Howard Lovy’s Nanobot draws attention to an interesting piece in SciDevNet discussing bibliometric measures of the volume and impact of nanotechnology research in various parts of the world. This kind of measurement - in which databases are used to count numbers of papers published and the number of times such papers are cited by other papers - is currently very popular among governments attempting to assess whether the investments they make in science are worthwhile.

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