The rise and fall of scientific fields

In this project we investigate emergence of new main areas of the research fields by analyzing the scientific publications from arXiv. We categorize fields into different stages of their evolution and for each stage we compare article and author centric properties to quantify the nature of evolution. Separately, we extract the publication path of each researcher and analyze them in the scientific categories space. Combining the data-driven analysis with physics based approaches we aim to:

  • Study the patterns of the birth, life and death of a topic
  • Study the types of trajectories (interdisciplinary, specialist…) underlying the different phases of the life of a topic
  • Propose a model for the Evolution of Scientific fields

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