An indicator of cross-disciplinary research

Title: An indicator of cross-disciplinary research
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: September 1985
Published In: Scientometrics
Description: Study of interdisciplinary research processes and performance is hampered by a lack of data. This project investigated possible indicators based in the open scientific literature to measure such processes. Focusing on the Journal Citation Reports as a suitable data base, alternative indicators were validated on a sample of 383 articles drawn from 19 journals. The results support the use of Citations Outside Category as an indicator of cross-disciplinary research activity. An estimated version of this indicator is used to examine three research categories - Demography, Operations Research/Management Science, and Toxicology - as to the extent of cross-disciplinary citation occurring by the journals in these categories and to them. Results suggest that Citations Outside Category can be a quite informative bibliometric measure. A key substantive finding is that citation across broad field categories (engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences) is extremely infrequent. © 1985 Akadémiai Kiadó.
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Citation: Scientometrics. 8. Issue 3-4. 161 - 176. ISSN 0138-9130. DOI 10.1007/BF02016934.
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