Institute for Science Technology and Society, Henan Normal University; University of Antwerp (UA), IBW Xinxiang, 453007, P. R. China; Wilrijk (Belgium) Xinxiang, 453007, P. R. China; Wilrijk (Belgium)
University of Antwerp (UA), IBW; KHBO (Association K.U.Leuven), IWT Department of Industrial Sciences and Technology Zeedijk 101 Wilrijk (Belgium); Oostende (Belgium) BE–8400 Oostende Zeedijk 101 Wilrijk (Belgium); Oostende (Belgium) BE–8400 Oostende
Thomson Scietific China Office Beijing (P. R. China) Beijing (P. R. China)
The rhythm of science may be compared to the rhythm of music. The R-indicator studied in this article is a complex indicator, trying to reflect part of this rhythm. The R-indicator interweaves publication and citation data over a long period. In this way R-sequences can be used to describe the evolutionary rhythm of science considered in a novel way. As an example the R-sequence of the journal Science from 1945 on is calculated.