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Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery  2018, Vol. 2 Issue (12): 1-11    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.2096-3467.2018.0452
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Analyzing Interdisciplinarity and Scientists’ Academic Impacts
Dong Li1,Shouchuan Tong1,Jiang Li2()
1Department of Information Resource Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
2School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
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[Objective] This paper explores the relationship between the scientists’ interdisciplinary knowledge and their academic impacts. [Methods] First, we collected 200 candidates from the 2016 National Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Youth Program and their articles indexed by the Web of Science. Then, we retrieved interdisciplinary co-authorship and citation data. Third, we used Brillouin’s index as a measure of interdisciplinarity and h index as a measure of academic influence. Finally, we calculated the correlation coefficients between interdisciplinarity and academic influence. [Results] We found no significant correlation between inter-disciplinary collaboration and academic influence except for the field of biology, and no significant correlation between interdisciplinary citations and academic influence except the areas of medicine or biology. [Limitations] Deciding a scientist’s discipline based on his/her affiliation might be biased. [Conclusions] A scientist’s interdisciplinary collaborations and citations are not necessarily correlated to his/her academic influence.

Key wordsInterdisciplianry      H Index      Brillouin’s Index      Collaboration Interdisciplinarity      Citation Interdisciplinarity      Correlation Analysis     
Received: 26 April 2018      Published: 16 January 2019

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Dong Li,Shouchuan Tong,Jiang Li. Analyzing Interdisciplinarity and Scientists’ Academic Impacts. Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery, 2018, 2(12): 1-11.

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