Genetically modified food research in China : interactions between authors from social sciences and natural sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Vienna :Austria Institute of Technology, 2013
Documentation and information
Proceedings of ISSI 2013 : 14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference Vienna, Austria, 15th to 20th July 2013 / Gorraiz, Juan [edit.]; et al.
University of Antwerp
In order to understand how Genetically Modified Food (GMF) research is developing in China under the interaction between authors from social sciences and natural sciences, we analyze the distribution of Chinese articles on GMF among different fields and study how the authors of these articles collaborate with each other. We construct a co-author network using Chinese articles on GMF and divide this network into the sub-networks of different fields. The fields are defined according to the Chinese Library Classification system (CLC). The fields of these articles on GMF comprise almost all fields in the CLC. Qmeasures are used to characterize how the authors collaborate among these fields. Authors from most fields in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) occupy a peripheral position in the network. Authors from Economics are more central and bridge between authors from the natural sciences. However, although Economics is the largest field in our dataset in terms of number of articles, only a few authors have Q-measures which are larger than zero and the Q-measures of these authors are relatively small. In this sense SSH authors play a limited role in interdisciplinary collaboration among authors engaged in GMF research. The fields that ranked in the top by Q-measure values are the fields of Light industry (including Food industry), Agricultural Science, Medicine and hygiene and Environmental science. The authors from these natural science fields act as brokers between different disciplines pertaining to GMF research.