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Call for Papers: /Informetrics,/ Special Issue on
*“Science of Science: Conceptualizations and Models of Science”*
*/Guest Editors: /*Katy Börner, Indiana University & Andrea Scharnhorst,
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
This special issue aims to improve our understanding of the structure
and evolution of science by reviewing and advancing existing
conceptualizations and models of scholarly activity.
Existing conceptualizations and models of science have been created by
scholars from very different disciplines and backgrounds. They have the
* philosophical concepts (Bernal, Kuhn, Popper),
* (utopian) stories (Wells, Lem),
* visual drawings (Otlet),
* empirical measurements (Price, Garfield), or
* mathematical theories (Goffman, Yablonski)
It is our belief that a theoretically grounded and practically useful
shared conceptualization of science can provide the intellectual
framework to interlink and puzzle together the hundreds of science
models in existence today. This is analogous to how meteorologists or
seismologists integrate rather different local weather models or seismic
hazard predictions into a global coherent model that has higher
predictive value and broader coverage. With this issue we aim to start
an interdisciplinary discourse towards a science of science models.
The design of such a conceptualization requires the identification of the
* Boundaries of the system or object.
* Basic building blocks of science, e.g., units of analysis or key
* Interactions of building blocks, e.g., via coupled networks.
* Basic mechanisms of growth and change.
* Existing laws (static and dynamic).
Ideally, the conceptualizations can be also presented in a visual form
so that disciplinary and cultural boundaries can be bridged more easily.
This issue invites contributions such as
* Reviews of existing conceptualizations of the structure and
evolution of science. Each paper should compare and contrast works
from multiple authors. Here, we invite contributions by
philosophers, sociologists and historians of science as well as
* Historiographic and ethnographic work on how people understand and
communicate the structure and dynamics of science via imagery and
textual descriptions. Papers in this category should analyze a
variety of approaches, including critiques on science
* Novel conceptualizations and empirically validated models of
science and scientific communication. Please discuss epistemic
assumptions and disciplinary roots, possible application domains,
covered and omitted features of scientific evolution, and model
interpretation. Work on ‘ensemble models’ that integrate different
mathematical models to arrive at higher quality and broader
coverage simulations of science are welcome.
Authors are also welcome to discuss alternative paper proposals with the
Submission of 2-page abstracts: May 30^th , 2008
Submission of full papers: Aug 31^st ,
Reviews back and accepted papers shared: Oct 31^st , 2008
Final version due: Nov
30^th , 2008
Katy Borner, Victor H. Yngve Associate Professor of Information Science
Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center
School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
10th Street & Jordan Avenue Phone: (812) 855-3256 Fax: -6166
Wells Library 021 E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Bloomington, IN 47405, USA WWW: ella.slis.indiana.edu/~katy
Mapping Science exhibit will be on display at the National Research
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