The evolution of a citation network topology: The development of the journal Scientometrics

Li-Chun, Yin and Kretschmer, Hildrun and Hanneman, Robert A. and Ze-Yuan, Liu The evolution of a citation network topology: The development of the journal Scientometrics., 2006 . In International Workshop on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics & Seventh COLLNET Meeting, Nancy (France), May 10 - 12, 2006. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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By mapping the electronic database containing all papers in Scientometrics for a 26-year period (1978-2004), we uncover the topological measures that characterize the network at a given moment, as well as the time evolution of these quantities. The citation network of the journal displays the characteristic features of a “small-world” network of local dense clusters of highly specialized literature. These clusters, however, are efficiently connected into a large single component by a small number of “hub” papers that allow short-distance connection among increasingly large numbers of papers. The patterns of evolution of the network toward this “small-world” are also explored.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Citation network; Structure evolution; Scientometrics
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
Depositing user: Heather G Morrison
Date deposited: 23 May 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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