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Scientific and Scholarly Networks
Scientific and scholarly networks
Howard D.White
Introduction

In Randall Collins's (1998) authoritative phrase, scientific and scholarly networks are “coalitions in the mind.” Key ties in them are of two sorts. They may be social, involving direct interactions among living persons such as coauthors or other colleagues. Or they may be cultural, involving persons known only through reading, which induces ties beyond the boundaries of personal acquaintanceship. Both social and cultural ties, moreover, can appear in the same network. Citation networks, for example, are frequently “sociocultural,” in that scholars may routinely cite and be cited with living or dead acquaintances, living or dead contemporaries they have never met, and dead non-contemporaries they could not possibly have met. Contrast that with exclusively social networks, such as ...

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