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URBIZAGASTEGUI ALVARADO, Rubén. Growth of Literature on Bradford's Law. Investig. bibl [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.68, pp.51-72. ISSN 2448-8321.

This paper analyzes the literature produced on Bradford' Law from 1934 to June 2012. The study compiled 936 documents produced by 1,123 authors, working in sixteen languages to communicate the results of their research, with English the leading language, followed by Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. The study reveals the fifteen most productive authors, all of which work in English in both academic journals and conference settings. This literature is growing exponentially (R2 = 0.974), at a rate of 5.4% per year and doubling in size every 13.2 years.

Keywords : Bradford's law; Exponential growth; Bibliometrics; Infometrics; Scientometrics.

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