Clarivate announces the inaugural Eugene Garfield Memorial Lecture

Dr. Henry Small will deliver the lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking paper on co-citation in scientific literature.

To commemorate the legacy of Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™, Clarivate™ is proud to announce the inaugural Eugene Garfield Memorial Lecture. It will be delivered by Dr. Henry Small on September 28th at the International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (STI) in Leiden, Netherlands. Many of the world’s leading scientometric and science policy researchers gather annually at the STI conference, making it the ideal venue to connect the current work of ISI with the legacy of Dr. Garfield and his indelible impact on the scholarly community.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Small’s seminal paper, “Co-citation in the scientific literature: A new measure of the relationship between two documents”, published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science in 1973. Dr. Small famously authored the paper in his first few months at the ISI, under the guidance of Dr. Garfield. He will reflect on the history of co-citation analysis and its early development, under the influence of Eugene Garfield, Thomas Kuhn, and Derek de Solla Price.

As a pioneer in automated indexing and retrieval of information since 1955, Eugene Garfield (1925-2017) developed citation databases for science that changed how researchers search and assess the scholarly literature. Three decades before the invention of the world wide web, Dr. Garfield connected the immense body of scientific knowledge in a network. With the creation of the first Science Citation Index, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2024, he unlocked the power of the citation — the connection between one discovery and another, which was quite literally a “Web of Science™.”

The Eugene Garfield Memorial Lecture replaces the Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in Citation Analysis which was established in 2017. The lecture will be a testament to Dr. Garfield’s lasting impact on the field of citation indexing and analysis, acknowledging the transformative power of his ideas and inspiring future explorations at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

Venue: Special session: Garfield memorial lecture and cocktail reception, September 28th, from 4 – 5.30pm in the Breezaal, Stadsghoorzaal, CWTS, Leiden.