Understanding scholar-trajectories across scientific periodicals

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Despite the rapid growth in the number of scientific publications, our understanding of author publication trajectories remains limited. Here we propose an embedding-based framework for tracking author trajectories in a geometric space that leverages the information encoded in the publication sequences, namely the list of the consecutive publication venues for each scholar. Using the publication histories of approximately 30,000 social media researchers, we obtain a knowledge space that broadly captures essential information about periodicals as well as complex (inter-)disciplinary structures of science. Based on this space, we study academic success through the prism of movement across scientific periodicals. We use a measure from human mobility, the radius of gyration, to characterize individual scholars' trajectories. Results show that author mobility across periodicals negatively correlates with citations, suggesting that successful scholars tend to publish in a relatively proximal range of periodicals. Overall, our framework discovers intricate structures in large-scale sequential data and provides new ways to explore mobility and trajectory patterns.
TidsskriftScientific Reports
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2024

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Funding Information:
We thank James Evans for his initial input and guidance, Vincent Larivière for support with data, Thyge Ryom Enggaard, Roberta Sinatra, and Rob Kitchin for their valuable suggestions, discussions, and comments, and the Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS) for financial support.

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