[Humanist] 29.699 reconstructing intellectual histories

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 9 07:11:55 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 699.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:53:27 +0100
        From: Loet Leydesdorff <loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET>
        Subject: RPYS i/o: A web-based tool for the historiography and visualization of citation classics, sleeping beauties, and research fronts ; preprint

RPYS i/o: A web-based tool for the historiography and visualization of
citation classics, sleeping beauties, and research fronts

Jordan A. Comins and Loet Leydesdorff

<software at comins.leydesdorff.net
 http://comins.leydesdorff.net/index.html  >

Reference Publication Year Spectroscopy (RPYS) and Multi-RPYS provide
algorithmic approaches to reconstructing the intellectual histories of
scientific fields. With this brief communication, we describe a technical
advancement for developing research historiographies by introducing RPYS
i/o, an online tool for performing standard RPYS and Multi-RPYS analyses
interactively (at this http URL  http://comins.leydesdorff.net/  ). The tool
enables users to explore seminal works underlying a research field and to
plot the influence of these seminal works over time. This suite of
visualizations offers the potential to analyze and visualize the myriad of
temporal dynamics of scientific influence, such as citation classics,
sleeping beauties, and the dynamics of research fronts. We demonstrate the
features of the tool by analyzing--as an example--the references in
documents published in the journal Philosophy of Science. 

** apologies for cross-postings

Available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.01950


Loet Leydesdorff 

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

 <mailto:loet at leydesdorff.net> loet at leydesdorff.net ;
 http://www.leydesdorff.net/  http://www.leydesdorff.net/ 
Honorary Professor,   http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/  SPRU, University of

Guest Professor   http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/  Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou;
Visiting Professor,   http://www.istic.ac.cn/Eng/brief_en.html  ISTIC,

Visiting Professor,   http://www.bbk.ac.uk/  Birkbeck, University of London;



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