A Simulation of the Structure of Academic Science

  title={A Simulation of the Structure of Academic Science},
  author={Nigel Gilbert},
  journal={Sociological Research Online},
  pages={105 - 91}
  • N. Gilbert
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Education
  • Sociological Research Online
The contemporary structure of scientific activity, including the publication of papers in academic journals, citation behaviour, the clustering of research into specialties and so on has been intensively studied over the last fifty years. A number of quantitative relationships between aspects of the system have been observed. This paper reports on a simulation designed to see whether it is possible to reproduce the form of these observed relationships using a small number of simple assumptions… 

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