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Community structure and the evolution of interdisciplinarity in Slovenia's scientific collaboration network
Borut Lužar, Zoran Levnajić, Janez Povh, Matjaž Perc, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: Interaction among the scientific disciplines is of vital importance in modern science. Focusing on the case of Slovenia, we study the dynamics of interdisciplinary sciences from 1960 to 2010. Our approach relies on quantifying the interdisciplinarity of research communities detected in the coauthorship network of Slovenian scientists over time. Examining the evolution of the community structure, we find that the frequency of interdisciplinary research is only proportional with the overall growth of the network. Although marginal improvements in favor of interdisciplinarity are inferable during the 70s and 80s, the overall trends during the past 20 years are constant and indicative of stalemate. We conclude that the flow of knowledge between different fields of research in Slovenia is in need of further stimulation.
Keywords: community structure, interdisciplinarity, scientific collaboration, research funding, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 19.06.2017; Views: 827; Downloads: 345
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