This week marks the golden anniversary of the Science Citation Index, introduced by Eugene Garfield in 1964. The ability to track the progress of science, and the influence each work had on subsequent works revolutionized our understanding of the scientific process. While the latter day descendants of Garfield’s work are often the subject of criticism due to widespread misuse, the tools themselves remain invaluable methods for making sense of the state of research.
Below, find an interview with Eugene Garfield, looking back over the history of the Index, including its technological changes over the years, from punchcards to CD-ROM to the web.
Better yet, skip the review article and go back to the original works, a 1967 promotional film on how to use the SCI, Part 1: