Network of the core: mapping and visualizing the core of scientific domains

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In this article, we propose mapping and visualizing the core of scientific domains using social network analysis techniques derived from mathematical graph theory. In particular, the concept of Network of the Core is introduced which can be employed to visualize scientific domains by constructing a network among theoretical constructs, models, and concepts. A Network of the Core can be used to reveal hidden properties and structures of a research domain such as connectedness, centrality, density, structural equivalence, and cohesion, by modeling the casual relationship among theoretical constructs. Network of the Core concept can be used to explore the strengths and limitations of a research domain, and graphically and mathematically derive the number research hypotheses. The Network of the Core approach can be applied to any domain given that the investigator has a deep understanding of the area under consideration, a graphical or conceptual view (in the form of a network of association among the theoretical constructs and concepts) of the scientific domain can be obtained, and an underlying theory is available or can be constructed to support Network of the Core formation. Future research directions and several other issues related to the Network of the Core concept are also discussed.
Publisher
Springer
Issue Date
2011-08
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

SCIENCE-CITATION-INDEX; SOUTH-KOREA; TECHNOLOGY; JOURNALS; SYSTEMS; MODEL

Citation

SCIENTOMETRICS, v.89, no.3, pp.759 - 779

ISSN
0138-9130
DOI
10.1007/s11192-011-0489-4
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/96108
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