A growing network of ideas

R. Alexander Bentley, Herbert D.G. Maschner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)


The term “self-organized criticality” in the scientific literature is shown to have spread in a fractal, tree-like process. The probability that one of the original papers will be cited in a subsequent paper is related to the random network growth of the entire field, much like the growth of the World Wide Web. This is in opposition to recent publications that argue for a multiplicative process in scientific publishing where publishing success is based on attributes directly inherent to the author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-237
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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