CEU network scientists Roberta Sinatra and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi's research on quantifying the success of academics in the fields of physics, economics, ecology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biology and chemistry was published today in Science. Sinatra and Barabasi along with researchers at a number of other institutions in the U.S.
The academic adage “publish or perish” certainly keeps professors busy trying to communicate their research, but how do they measure the real impact of their work? CEU Visiting Professor of Network Science Albert-Laszlo Barabasi sought to quantify the influence of academic papers and subsequent progression of knowledge in a field by creating a predictive tool to determine just how successful an academic paper will be.
In October, Barabasi and his co-authors published their paper “Quantifying Long-Term Scientific Impact” in the journal Science.
CEU Professor Rosario Mantegna is not a detective, but he's getting to know the criminal mind, or at least criminal patterns. A scholar whose main interest is networks, Mantegna has put his mind to work, this time, to examine human behavior instead of market fluctuations.
Although criminal records are a matter of public record in some countries, to have a large, consistent database is rare. Mantegna and his co-researchers identified a such a database in Sweden. Nordic countries are well known for maintaining precise records in the interest of academic study.