The Right Job and the Job Right: Novelty, Impact and Journal Stratification in Science

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The Right Job and the Job Right: Novelty, Impact and Journal Stratification in Science

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: The Right Job and the Job Right: Novelty, Impact and Journal Stratification in Science
Author: Carayol N.Lahatte A.Llopis O.
Journal Title: STI 2018 Conference Proceedings
Start Page: 532
End Page: 534
Publisher: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Issue Date: 2018-09-11
Keywords: Scientometrics
Abstract: We introduce a new measurement of novelty based on the frequencies of pairwise combinations of article keywords. On the set of all research articles published from 1999 to 2013 in the journals referenced by the WoS (more than ten million papers), we find no evidence of shrinking novelty in science over that period. Novel contributions are more often performed in larger teams that span more institutional boundaries and geographic areas. High novelty increases both citations and the odds of a “big hit” by more than forty percent but individual level returns to novelty may be low. In such a rapidly evolving environment, novelty is a lever for decreasing risk (not the reverse) as it increases the probability of addressing a problem that remains active in the future. We document that top journals play a very significant role in sustaining novelty in science.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65336
 

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