Intellectual Leadership of Leonardo da Vinci: A Bibliometric Study

Diana Tal, Avishag Gordon

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    The article evaluates the body of literature on Leonardo da Vinci using for the first time bibliometric and altmetric methods for data processing. The question of whether the literature on Leonardo da Vinci reflects his interdisciplinarity as scientist and artist is addressed. We argue that the medical and material sciences show a high number of citations to the respective publications, and much higher number of citations to publications ratio than the humanities and social sciences fields. We also found that there is no relationship between the number of publications for each research area and the citations (between productivity and quality). The largest category of papers, in terms of citations and in terms of the number of subfields, discussing da Vinci’s contribution to the various sciences, belongs to exact sciences. This finding is surprising as Leonardo da Vinci has become a synonym for the mysterious artist whose paintings consist of many messages that are difficult to explain. Therefore it seems natural that Leonardo the artist would get a lot of research attention. Nevertheless, the bibliometric findings show that the academic community has interest in his contributions to science, no less than in his work of art.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)549-554
    Number of pages6
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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    • Altmetrics
    • Bibliometrics
    • Intellectual leadership
    • Leonardo da Vinci

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences (all)


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