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Author Lucio-Arias, Diana ♦ Leydesdorff, Lo
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Date of Submission 2009-11-22
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Computer Science - Digital Libraries ♦ Computer Science - Information Retrieval ♦ Physics - Physics and Society ♦ cs ♦ physics:physics
Abstract When using scientific literature to model scholarly discourse, a research specialty can be operationalized as an evolving set of related documents. Each publication can be expected to contribute to the further development of the specialty at the research front. The specific combinations of title words and cited references in a paper can then be considered as a signature of the knowledge claim in the paper: new words and combinations of words can be expected to represent variation, while each paper is at the same time selectively positioned into the intellectual organization of a field using context-relevant references. Can the mutual information among these three dimensions--title words, cited references, and sequence numbers--be used as an indicator of the extent to which intellectual organization structures the uncertainty prevailing at a research front? The effect of the discovery of nanotubes (1991) on the previously existing field of fullerenes is used as a test case. Thereafter, this method is applied to science studies with a focus on scientometrics using various sample delineations. An emerging research front about citation analysis can be indicated.
Description Reference: Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 60(12) (2009) 2488-2498
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article


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