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in the “table of contents” part and in the “chronology” part. The biography of Forrest could not be considered for Part A of this analysis, since preface and “table of contents” part do not contain any bibliographical references. Major

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inclusion of other publication types (book reviews, editorials, bibliographies, items about individuals, notes, biographies, meeting abstracts, software, letters, discussions, art exhibits, reprints, news items, chronologies, fiction, corrections, and poetry

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Authors: Xingjian Liu, F. Benjamin Zhan, Song Hong, Beibei Niu and Yaolin Liu

), software review (4), chronology (1), hardware review (1), and bibliography (1) (Numbers in parentheses represent quantities of individual document types). Following the conventions used in other bibliometric studies, we restricted our further analysis to

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Previous research may have failed to find a general relationship between war and techno-scientific activity due to the failure (a) to treat the various types of war separately and (b) to use yearly rather than generational time series. Hence, the present study examined 404 consecutive years in European civilization from 1500 to 1903. Measures of four distinct kinds of war were defined and a log-transformed measure of techno-scientific activity was derived from a factor analysis of six histories and chronologies. The techno-science measure was regressed on the war measures plus a set of control variables. Techno-scientific activity was found to be a negative function of balance-of-power and defensive wars fought within Europe. In contrast, imperial and civil wars exerted no influence.

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Ranking lists of periodicals in different scientific disciplines are generally based on the total number of citations derived from a group of source journals with equal weightage given to all citations irrespective of chronology. As a result, in all these ranking lists, the position occupied by the post-war journals, may not be an accurate index of their demand or usefulness to research workers in the concerned field. This may happen because the quantum of published literature in the new journals is limited by the period for which they have been in existence, which is in many cases less than 20 years. Moreover, many of the post-war journals appearing in all these recent ranking lists have started publication even after 1960s, and their enumerated citations cover in fact a variable period of less than 20 years unlike in the case of pre-war journals. To avoid such discriminating against new journals which necessarily have fewer citation credits Sengupta suggested earlier an off-setting weightage formula which has been applied in this paper to rerank microbiology periodicals. A revised ranking list in the field of microbiology has been recommended in preference to the earlier one compiled by Sengupta. Results and findings, after application of the weightage formula, have been presented and discussed in this paper.

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