Patent Citations in a Novel Field of Technology: What can they tell about interactions between emerging communities of science and technology?

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of patent citation analysis in general and its application to novel fields of science and technology in particular. It introduces into the subject-matter by discussing an empirical problem, the relationship of nano-publications and nano-patents as representations of nano-science and nano-technology. Drawing on a variety of sources, different interpretations of patent citations are presented. Then, the nature of patent citations is further investigated by comparing them to citations in the scientific literature. After characterizing the citation linkage as indicators of reciprocal relationships between science and technology, patent citations in nano-science and technology are analyzed in terms of interfield and organizational knowledge-flows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-178
Number of pages28
JournalScientometrics
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2000

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