Lemont B. Kier: A Bibliometric Exploration of his Scientific Production and its Use
Eugenio J. Llanos,
Adriana E. Silva.
We thought an appropriate way to celebrate the seminal contribution of Kier is to explore his influence on
science, looking for the impact of his research through the citation of his scientific production. From a bibliometric
approach the impact of Kier’s work is addressed as an individual within a community. Reviewing data from his
curriculum vitae, as well as from the ISI Web of Knowledge (ISI), his role within the scientific community is established
and the way his scientific results circulate is studied. His curriculum vitae is explored emphasising the approaches he used
in his research activities and the social ties with other actors of the community. The circulation of Kier’s publications in
the ISI is studied as a means for spreading and installing his discourse within the community. The citation patterns found
not only show the usage of Kier’s scientific results, but also open the possibility to identify some characteristics of this
discursive community, such as a common vocabulary and common research goals. The results show an interdisciplinary
research work that consolidates a scientific community on the topic of drug discovery.
Keywords: Bibliometrics, discourse community, drug design, Lemont B. Kier, topological descriptors, scientific community.
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