Ego Citation Networks Considered as Domination Networks

Journal of Scientometric Research,2019,8,1,xx-xx.
Published:February 2019
Type:Research Article

Yuxian Liu1, Ronald Rousseau2,*

1Tongji University Library, Tongji University, Siping Street 1239, Yangpu District, Shanghai- 200092, CHINA.

2University of Antwerp, Faculty of Social Sciences, Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium and KU Leuven ECOOM, Naamsestraat 61, 3000 Leuven, BELGIUM.

Abstract:

In this article we continue our study of power structures. A dynamic quantitative theory, including the measurement of power or dominance structures is applied to citation networks. A curve somewhat similar to the Lorenz curve for inequality measurement is used. We calculate the D-measure, a normalized measure expressing the degree of dominance in a network. The D-measure of a citation network consisting of the ego (the original article) with n references and m received citations is obtained. When n=m the network is symmetric and the D-measure is 0.5; when the article did not yet receive a citation the D-measure is n/(n+1). When the article has no references then the D-measure is 1/(m+1). A real-world case is described and the evolution of its D-measure over time is shown. Our work is one way of describing an evolving ego-citation network in a quantitative way.

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Liu Y, Rousseau R. Ego Citation Networks Considered as Domination Networks. Journal of Scientometric Research. 2019;8(1):xx-xx. doi:10.5530/jscires.8.1.x.