Seminar  |  28.01.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Brown Bag-Seminar: (How) Can Disruptiveness of Scientific Publications Be Measured?

Alexander Tekles (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313


Recently, a new class of bibliometric indicators has been introduced, which are intended to measure whether a scientific publication is disruptive to a field or tradition of research. Disruptiveness is connected to the ‘scientific revolutions’ concept of Thomas S. Kuhn and refers to exceptional research which is characterized by an overthrow of established thinking. The general approach that all of these indicators build upon is rooted in patent analysis and considers the relations of citing papers and cited references for a given focal paper in the citation network. This seminar will give an overview of the different indicators following this approach and present results that allow a first assessment of whether they measure what they propose to measure. Our results suggest that a modified version of the indicators proposed so far could improve the ability to measure the disruptiveness of papers.


Ansprechpartner: Fabian Gaessler