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RUMMLER, Guido. Contents' dissemination in journals: bibliometric properties, representations and measures. Ci. Inf. [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.3, pp.51-59. ISSN 0100-1965.

Bibliometric dissemination is regarded as a phenomena related to the distribution pattern of a content in different bibliographic elements. The present study aims to establish an indicator applicable in the dissemination analysis of publication or author citations, dissemination of certain methodology or technique, terms, themes, edicts, etc. As underlying the study a "law of content's distribution in periodicals" is enunciated. The dissemination is graphically represented in terms of distribution levels [periodical, volume (year), issue (number), article] of the object of analysis. Four properties of dissemination are identified (spreading, chronically, expansively and penetration), mathematically expressed by coefficients. These coefficients compose an "index of ponderal dissemination (IPD)" regarding hierarchical differences between the bibliographic elements. Although the multidimensionality (4 variables embracing physical, temporal and cognitive domains) the application of IPD represents low complexity according evidenced by an empirical example.

Keywords : Dissemination; Indicators; Bibliometrics; Journals; Scientometrics; Informetrics.

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