Bassecoulard, E; Lelu, A; Zitt, M "Mapping nanosciences by citation flows: A preliminary analysis" Scientometrics 70(3): 859-880, March 2007.
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TITLE: Mapping nanosciences by citation flows: A preliminary
analysis (Article, English)
AUTHOR: Bassecoulard, E; Lelu, A; Zitt, M
SOURCE: SCIENTOMETRICS 70 (3). MAR 2007. p.859-880 SPRINGER,
SEARCH TERM(S): CRONIN B rauth; GARFIELD E rauth; MARSHAKOVA IV rauth;
SMALL H rauth; SCIENTOMETR* rwork;
KESSLER MM AM DOC 14:10 1963;
CITATION item_title; CITATION* item_title
KEYWORDS+: MODERN SCIENCE; NANOTECHNOLOGY; INTERDISCIPLINARITY;
COCITATION; COLLABORATION; INDICATORS; PATTERNS
ABSTRACT: This article presents a citation-based mapping exercise
in the nanosciences field and a first sketch of citation transactions (a
measure of cognitive dependences). Nanosciences are considered to be one of
the "convergent" components shaping the future of science and technology.
Recurrent questions about the structure of the field concern its diversity
and multi- or inter-disciplinarity. Observations made from various points
of view confirm a strong differentiation of the field, which is scattered
in multiple galaxies with moderate level of exchanges.
The multi-disciplinarity of themes and super-themes detected by mapping
also appears moderate, most of the super-themes being based on physics and
chemistry in various proportions. Structural analysis of the list of
references in articles suggests that the moderate multi-disciplinarity
observed at the aggregate level partly stems from an actual inter-
disciplinarity at the article level.
AUTHOR ADDRESS: E Bassecoulard, INRA, BP 71627, F-44316 Nantes 3, France
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