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Point of View: Correcting the bias against interdisciplinary research

  1. Ehud Shapiro  Is a corresponding author
  1. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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Cite this article as: eLife 2014;3:e02576 doi: 10.7554/eLife.02576
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Sparse and dense scientific networks. In a scientific social network, what matters most are citation relations.

The social network of a particular scientist, say Mary Smith (red circle), consists of all the scientists (blue circles) cited by Mary or citing Mary, with edges connecting those scientists who have cited each other. The resulting network will lie somewhere between two extremes: a maximally dense network (right), in which all the scientists in the network cite each other, and a maximally sparse network (left) in which there are no citations among the scientists except citations by or to Mary.

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