Revisiting the Uniformity and Inconsistency of Hibernation in Science

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2022

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Takahiro Miura

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Kimitaka Asatani

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Ichiro Sakata

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Abstract

Academic hibernators, also known as Sleeping Beauties, have long been discussed, and there have been many updates to reveal why outstanding discoveries remain unnoticed. However, there are contradictory arguments on their nature, such as what combinations of knowledge, over-specialization, or trans-disciplinarity have led to hibernation and how they contribute to science. Subsequently, this paper examines the inconsistency of 11 hibernator measures and identifies the uniform and inconsistent bibliometric features. As a result, each measure having obtained different papers as academic hibernators. Despite the ambiguity, we found that all hibernator measures extract papers that are more likely to be small-team projects that make disruptive contributions to more diverse fields with neither very novel nor very conventional knowledge combinations, which have been gradually awakened. This strongly indicates that each academic hibernator is leading to reconstructing a new paradigm based on a specific field and contributing to pioneering a revolutionary research topic. In terms of the inconsistent feature of academic hibernators, we classified the hibernator measures into three categories according to their citation characteristics, which quantitatively demonstrated the necessity of fit-for-purpose metrics to unravel the mysterious nature of hibernation in science. The source code for extracting academic hibernators is available online.

Keywords: Academic Hibernator, Sleeping beauty, Novelty, Disruption, Citation pattern, science of science

Suggested Citation

Miura, Takahiro and Asatani, Kimitaka and Sakata, Ichiro, Revisiting the Uniformity and Inconsistency of Hibernation in Science. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4133073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4133073

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Kimitaka Asatani

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Ichiro Sakata

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