Simulating the Social Processes of Science

The science system is continuously growing and since long recognized as a special complex social system. Not surprisingly, for an understanding of this system a wide range of methods have been used including mathematical models. Recently, a special issue appeared in the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, a highly recognized international journal devoted to the use of computer simulations in the exploration of social processes.


Tracing scientific influence

Scientometrics is the field of quantitative studies of scholarly activity. It has been used for systematic studies of the fundamentals of scholarly practice as well as for evaluation purposes. Although advocated from the very beginning the use of scientometrics as an additional method for science history is still under explored. In this paper we show how a scientometric analysis can be used to shed light on the reception history of certain outstanding scholars. As a case, we look into citation patterns of a specific paper by the American sociologist Robert K. Merton.

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Models of science dynamics - encounters between complexity theory and information sciences

This book aims to review and describe major threads in mathematical modelling of the science system. The model classes we aim to cover are stochastic and statistical models, system dynamics approaches, agent-based simulations, population dynamics models, complex network models. This list should not be understood as exclusive. Other topics relevant in the context of the book are: Social network analysis and sociological models; entropy and information measures; role of geographic models; modelling individual scientific biographies; etc.


Bibliometric networks - an entry for the German Handbook for Network Research

Christian Stegbauer and Roger Haeussling are currently editing a Handbook for Network Research for the publisher VS. We have contributed to this handbook with an article on "Bibliometric networks". The preprint of the publication can be found at


Modelling science – mathematical models of knowledge dynamics

Scientometrics - Special issue, Workshop "Modelling Science"

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Modelling science – mathematical models of knowledge dynamics

The aim of this special issue is to present selected contributions of the workshop “Modelling science – understanding, forecasting and communicating the science system”, held in Amsterdam October 6-9, 2008.

15/01/2010 - 31/05/2010,

Bibliometric networks - Bibliometrische Netzwerke

This is contribution to a Handbook on Network Research in German - a project coordinated by Roger Häußler und Christian Stegbauer.
In this article we give an introduction into traditional biliometric networks and an overview about recent trends related to the new network science.

01/06/2008 - 31/12/2010,

Science of Science: Conceptualizations and Models of Science

Call for a special issue in the Journal of Informetrics
This special issue of the Journal of Informetrics aims to improve our understanding of the structure and evolution of science by reviewing and advancing existing conceptualizations and models of scholarly activity. Existing conceptualizations and models of science have been created by scholars from very different disciplines and backgrounds. They have the form of

    01/05/2008 - 30/06/2010,
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