Predicting scientific success based on coauthorship networks

Emre Sarigöl, René Pfitzner, Ingo Scholtes, Antonios Garas, Frank Schweitzer
2014 EPJ Data Science  
We address the question to what extent the success of scientific articles is due to social influence. Analyzing a data set of over 100,000 publications from the field of Computer Science, we study how centrality in the coauthorship network differs between authors who have highly cited papers and those who do not. We further show that a Machine Learning classifier, based only on coauthorship network centrality metrics measured at the time of publication, is able to predict with high precision
more » ... ther an article will be highly cited five years after publication. By this we provide quantitative insight into the social dimension of scientific publishingchallenging the perception of citations as an objective, socially unbiased measure of scientific success.
doi:10.1140/epjds/s13688-014-0009-x fatcat:zetnbkqurnbsbkuszrzbkvyp6e