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  • 1 University of Amsterdam Department of Science Dynamics Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 1018 WV Amsterdam (The Netherlands) Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 1018 WV Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 2 University of Twente Center for the Studies of Science and Society “De Boerderij” P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede (The Netherlands) P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede (The Netherlands)
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Abstract  

Bibliometric methods in general undervalue technological research. This study examines the relation in literature between technological/industrial journals and scientific journals in the case of the plastics industry and polymer science. Trade-journals cannot be used in a straightforward bibliometric manner, but can be an aid in mapping the different groups and reveal the hidden communication between technological and scientific communities.