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  • 1 Universidad de Granada Campus de Cartuja Dpt. Métodos de Investigación en Educación, Facultad de Educación Granada 18071 Spain Granada 18071 Spain
  • 2 Universidad de Córdoba Departamento de Matemática Spain Spain
  • 3 Universidad de Granada Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación Spain Spain
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This paper presents an overview of the general model of scientific growth proposed by D. J. de Solla Price. Firstly, the formulation of the model is examined using the seminal sources. Later, forerunners, offshoots and criticisms to the model are discussed. Finally, an integrative review using retrieved empirical studies exposes the complexity and diversity of models of scientific growth and the absence of consistent patterns.