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  • 1 National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Science and Technology Agency 1-11-39 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku 100 Tokyo (Japan) 1-11-39 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku 100 Tokyo (Japan)
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It can be shown that claims of a lack of theories of citation are also indicative of a grate need for a theory which links science dynamics and measurement. There is a wide gap between qualitative (science dynamics) and quantitative (measurement) approaches. To link them, the present study proposes the use of the citation system, that potentially bridges a gap between measurement and epistemology, by applying system theory to the publication system.