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ERIC Number: EJ1146942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
The Interdisciplinarity of Collaborations in "Cognitive Science"
Bergmann, Till; Dale, Rick; Sattari, Negin; Heit, Evan; Bhat, Harish S.
Cognitive Science, v41 n5 p1412-1418 Jul 2017
We introduce a new metric for interdisciplinarity, based on co-author publication history. A published article that has co-authors with quite different publication histories can be deemed relatively "interdisciplinary," in that the article reflects a convergence of previous research in distinct sets of publication outlets. In recent work, we have shown that this interdisciplinarity metric can predict citations. Here, we show that the journal "Cognitive Science" tends to contain collaborations that are relatively high on this interdisciplinarity metric, at about the 80th percentile of all journals across both social and natural sciences. Following on Goldstone and Leydesdorff (2006), we describe how scientometric tools provide a valuable means of assessing the role of cognitive science in broader scientific work, and also as a tool to investigate teamwork and distributed cognition. We describe how data-driven metrics of this kind may facilitate this exploration without relying upon rapidly changing discipline and topic keywords associated with publications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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