Research and publication trends in systematic zoology 1758-1970
The main aims of the study are: - Description of a sub-branch of science (zoology) in detail by selected parameters. - Identification of research trends during the period of zoology from the enlightenment in the 18th century until 1970, when EDP information services are in operation. - Identification of the most active time periods for systematic zoology. - Discussion of growth parameters based on calculations of geometrical mean increase or measurements of doubling time. - Test of the 'law of exponential growth' by bibliometric and scientometric methods. - Study of the background conditions during the development of systematic zoology in its most active period, i. e. ca. 1880 - 1913. - Test of the growth by 'quality' of scientific concepts, theories, and publications to give an indication of the growth of 'knowledge'. -A byproduct of the study was the generation of background material for lecturing to the 'Information science for biologists' group at Frankfurt University and also for students at the College of Museum Assistants, Frankfurt a. Main.