Quotation Maier, Gunther, Vyborny, Michael, Kaufmann, Alexander. 2008. Is regional science a scientific discipline? Answers from a citation based social network analysis. 48th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, Liverpool, Gro├čbritannien, 27.08-31.08.




One of the characteristics of a scientific discipline, it can be argued, is that its members publish in the journals of the discipline and refer to one another in their scientific work. Since ist beginnings regional sciences has been open to influences from various other related disciplines. Economics, geography, and planning are just the obvious examples. The paper raises the question to what extent after fifty years of existence regional science constitutes a scientific discipline. We use journal based citation information for 2006 from the database of the social science citation index and apply techniques of social network analysis to answer the question. The available citation information allows us to identify groups of journals that are more closely related than others. We use blockmodelling and filtering techniques to identify cohesive subgroups as well as journals that act as bridges between these empirically determined disciplines. In a final step we compute indicators for the identified journal subgroups in order to highlight some of the differences in the publication culture of these various disciplines.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Is regional science a scientific discipline? Answers from a citation based social network analysis
Event 48th Congress of the European Regional Science Association
Year 2008
Date 27.08-31.08
Country United Kingdom
Location Liverpool


Maier, Gunther (Details)
Vyborny, Michael (Former researcher)
Kaufmann, Alexander (Former researcher)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
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