The Development of Social Simulation as Reflected in the First Ten Years of JASSS: A Citation and Co-Citation Analysis
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2009
Posted: 5 Nov 2011
Date Written: October 31, 2009
Social simulation is often described as a multidisciplinary and fast-moving field. This can make it difficult to obtain an overview of the field both for contributing researchers and for outsiders who are interested in social simulation. The Journal for Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS) completing its tenth year provides a good opportunity to take stock of what happened over this time period. First, we use citation analysis to identify the most influential publications and to verify characteristics of social simulation such as its multidisciplinary nature. Then, we perform a co-citation analysis to visualize the intellectual structure of social simulation and its development. Overall, the analysis shows social simulation both in its early stage and during its first steps towards becoming a more differentiated discipline.
Keywords: citation analysis, co-citation analysis, lines of research, multidisciplinary, science studies, social simulation
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