Self-citations, co-authorships and keywords: A new approach to scientists' field mobility?

I. Hellsten, A. Scharnhorst, R. Lambiotte, M. Ausloos

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    Abstract

    This paper introduces a new approach to detecting scientists' field mobility by focusing on an author's self-citation network, and the co-authorships and keywords in self-citing articles. Contrary to much previous literature on self-citations, we will show that author's self-citation patterns reveal important information on the development and emergence of new research topics over time. More specifically, we will discuss self-citations as a means to detect scientists' field mobility. We introduce a network based definition of field mobility, using the Optimal Percolation Method (Lambiotte & Ausloos, 2005; 2006). The results of the study can be extended to selfcitation networks of groups of authors and, generally also for other types of networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)469-486
    Number of pages18
    JournalScientometrics
    Volume72
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007

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