Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2018, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (3): 1-13.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2018-0011

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Delayed recognition: recent developments and a proposal to study this phenomenon as a fuzzy concept

Ronald Rousseau()   

  1. University of Antwerp, Faculty of Social Sciences, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium d KU Leuven, Facultair Onderzoekscentrum ECOOM, Naamsestraat 61, Leuven B-3000, Belgium
  • Online:2018-12-06 Published:2010-10-28


Purpose: New developments in the study of delayed recognition are discussed.

Design/methodology/approach: Based on these new developments a method is proposed to characterize delayed recognition as a fuzzy concept.

Findings: A benchmark value of 0.333 corresponding with linear growth is obtained. Moreover, a case is discovered in which an expert found delayed recognition several years before citation analysis could discover this phenomenon.

Research limitations: As all citation studies also this one is database dependent.Practical implications: Delayed recognition is turned into a fuzzy concept.

Originality/value: The article presents a new way of studying delayed recognition.

Key words: Delayed recognition, Sleeping beauty, Hibernators, Fuzzy membership function