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Fullerene and cold fusion

Bibliometric discrimination between normal and pathological science
: John, Marcus; Fritsche, Frank

Gorraiz, Juan (Ed.) ; International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics -ISSI-; Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH -AIT-:
ISSI 2013, 14th International Society of Scientometrics & Informetrics Conference. Proceedings. Vol.II : Vienna, Austria, 15-20 July 2013
Wien: Facultas, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-200-03135-7
International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI International Conference) <14, 2013, Vienna>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer INT ()

Research activities on fullerenes were initiated by the discovery of this carbon allotrope by Kroto et al. (1985), which finally Iead to a whole new research area. On the contrary, the fusion of hydrogen atoms at room temperature allegedly observed by Fleischmann & Pons (1989), proved to be false within a few years. Today the research on this phenomena, sometimes referred to as cold fusion, is generally considered as a prototypical example of pathological science. This contribution presents a comprehensive comparison of these two scientific themes from a bibliometric point of view. We aim to Iook for patterns, which might allow to distinguish between normal and pathological science by means of bibliometric observables.