A Complex Network Perspective on the World Science System

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Title: A Complex Network Perspective on the World Science System
Author: Cunningham, Scott ; Kwakkel, Jan H.
Abstract: This paper discusses capabilities for a systematic overview of world science delivered from the use of new output indicators of science and technology. The data may be usefully structured using a complex network perspective on national publication and international collaboration. This paper uses a random sample of publication data from 2009 to provide a timely update on world activities in science. A mixed predictive and descriptive approach is used in analyzing the data. A variety of methods including structural network analysis, and network regression, are used in the exploration of this sample. Insights are gained into key participants in world science, their positioning in a network of collaborative relationships, and the resultant morphology of the network which emerges from a mixture of random and geographic factors.
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Type: Proceedings
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/42510
Date: 2011-09-17
Contributor: Technische Universiteit Delft
Relation: ACSIP11. Structure
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: International collaboration
Complex networks
Scientific publication
National indicators
World science

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