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Sleeping Beauty awakened by self-citation of a review: a case study of Judah Folkman hypothesis on angiogenesis

Abstract

Judah Folkman is considered the father of angiogenesis research. However, his hypothesis on tumor angiogenesis met a lot of skepticism at the beginning. Scientific resistance has been described in sociology of science, and leads to delayed recognition of pioneer work. In bibliometrics, it is characterized by papers, called sleeping beauties, that do not achieve recognition in terms of citations until a few years after their original publication. The present paper explores to what extend the phenomenon of delayed recognition have affected Folkman's scientific production and the citation life of his publications. Citation analysis show that Folkman's landmark paper published in 1971 is a sleeping beauty. The scientometric analysis is associated with a qualitative analysis in order to shed a light on the reasons behind the delayed recognition, and the awakening of "Sleeping Beauty" by a "Prince", attracting a lot of attention in terms of citations. Interestingly, the fact that Judah Folkman was one of the co-authors of the Prince paper challenges the common practice of excluding self-citations and review while conducting such bibliometric analyses.
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hal-01736523 , version 1 (17-03-2018)

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Philippe Gorry, Adil El Aichouchi. Sleeping Beauty awakened by self-citation of a review: a case study of Judah Folkman hypothesis on angiogenesis. 16th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics conference., Oct 2017, Wuhan, China. pp.778-786. ⟨hal-01736523⟩
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