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Disciplinary diversity (Integration score)

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We use a conceptualization of interdisciplinarity as knowledge integration. Then, we propose that the disciplinary diversity of a set of publications (e.g. in the reference list of a paper) is an indicator of integration. We operationalise disciplines using ISI Subject Categories (i.e. the disciplinary categories provided in the Web of Science), and the Rao-Stirling measure of diversity (Stirling, 2007). This measure takes into account how disparate (i.e. the cognitive distance) disciplines are. A particular case (when analyzing the disciplinary diversity of references in one single article) was called Integration Score (Porter and Rafols, 2009). *** URL: http://www.leydesdorff.net/overlaytoolkit/stirling.htm and http://arxiv.org/abs/0901.1380 ***

Ismael Rafols, PhD, University of Sussex
i.rafols@sussex.ac.uk

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Online at: http://www.leydesdorff.net/overlaytoolkit/stirling.htmand

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interdisciplinary, diversity, integration score, knowledge integration


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Link is broken, Thursday, January 24, 2013

Assuming this is accurate, try this instead: http://www.leydesdorff.net/overlaytoolkit/overlaytoolkit.htm

Resource created by Janet Okamoto on 4/13/2011 2:53:10 PM.

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