Aplicación del análisis de redes a un estudio bibliométrico sobre psiquiatría, psicología general y psicología experimental.

by López Ferrer, Mª Teresa

Abstract (Summary)
ABSTRACT This research is framed in sociometric studies above bibliography. In particular, in the application of social Networks to co authorship, institutional collaboration, and the patterns of citation between researchers, all focused in Psychology and related areas. The objectives are: the application of social network analysis to retrieval information in a multidisciplinary database, in particular the Social Science Citation Index, due to subject headings lists are considered to be insufficient and inflexible to describe relationship between sciences; the complementary use of bibliometric and social network methods in a research above co authorship, institution collaboration and patterns of citation between authors; the description of the Spanish scientific production in the SSCI in Psychiatry and Neurosciences, General Psychology and Experimental Psychology; and, finally the establishment of similarities and differences between the three areas. The Social Network analysis used in this work to select scientific articles of a discipline avoids the rigidity of retrieval information based in a preselected set of subjects that never explains the overlapping and that could to mutilate extensions of some of them or just simply to produce silence before incipient relations. Also, network graphs show working groups that otherwise would be difficult to discover. In addition, it is especially useful to superpose networks of co authorship with those of cited references patterns because the first represent explicit relations and the second one represent implicit relations, but both serve to compare each author or group to the others. The use bibliometric indicators as main attributes of nodes in the network analysis has been helpful to identify equivalent positions, actors who show the same rol within each graph Finally, the necessity of an adaptation of the monitoring and evaluation indicators of the different scientific areas is indicated, which considers the own characteristics of the diverse disciplines, and they must be based not as much in the productivity of authors studied unitarily as its capacity of intermediation with other actors and their capacity of articulation of the research system.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Civera Molla, Cristina; Osca Lluch, Julia

School:Universitat de València

School Location:Spain

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:història de la ciència i documentació


Date of Publication:07/29/2008

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