Simulating the Social Processes of Science

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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. As the guest editors write: "This Special Section of JASSS presents a collection of position papers by philosophers, sociologists and others describing the features and issues the authors would like to see in social simulations of the many processes and aspects that we lump together as "science". It is intended that this collection will inform and motivate substantial simulation work as described in the last section of this introduction. " Interestingly, this issue comes also together with a blog, inviting authors and readers to further discourse (see http://simsocsci.blogspot.com/ ) The journal is open access, the bibliographic reference is Edmonds, Bruce, Nigel Gilbert, Petra Ahrweiler, and Andrea Scharnhorst. 2011. “Simulating the Social Processes of Science.” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 14 (4): 1-6. http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/14/4/14.html.

02/11/2011,
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