Measuring Interdisciplinarity in Science

Posted: 25 May 2011

Date Written: May 25, 2011


Funding agencies and policy makers in science tout the importance of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research -- bring together experts from multiple domains and good things happen. But what are these good things and can they be measured? Scholarly networks are a good model system for answering these questions. Looking at millions of collaborations between scientists across disciplinary and generational boundaries, we are developing metrics and algorithms that detect the ontogeny of innovative ideas and technological breakthroughs that lead to new fields and sub-fields of science.

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West, Jevin D., Measuring Interdisciplinarity in Science (May 25, 2011). Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference – Innovation and Economic Growth, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Jevin D. West (Contact Author)

University of Washington ( email )

Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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