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The objective of the present study is to analyse the epidemic model as a deterministic process represented by a system of differential equations and apply it to authors producing literature on Lotka's law from 1922 to 2005. An epidemic process starting in 1965 and showing a high rate or transient authors is observed. Those authors publishing in languages different from English found the area already infected.
Palabras llave : Epidemic process; Goffman's law; Lotka's law; Authors' productivity; Scientometrics; Bibliometrics; Informetrics.