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As a Digital Humanities scholar, I was curious to understand the dynamics of collaboration and publication behavior inside the discipline. Hence, we analyzed the citation structure of Digital Humanities (DH), and questioned whether a study of DH as a virtual community would help to understand its dynamics better.

Scientometric exploration of Virtual Communities, with the application of overlay maps.

As an interdisciplinary academician collaborating with many scholars from diverse fields, the benefits and drawbacks of collaboration heavily affected my research. I studied the results of big scientific collaborations, especially through two COST Actions of which I was a member of, COST Action MP0801: Physics of Competition and Conflicts and COST ACTION KnowEscape: Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes respectively. We have also looked at the EINS Network of Excellence on Internet Science as a collaboration network, and visualized its collaboration structure.


2015. Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, and S. Wyatt. in Internet Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 9089, pp. 78-89. Springer.


2013. Mapping EINS: An exercise in mapping the Network of Excellence in Internet Science. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, S. Wyatt, S. Passi. 1st International Internet Science Conference, April 2013, Brussels.


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Today, analysis of citations has diffused into the mainstream use of academicians, thanks to the analytics tools incorporated into academic search engines and indices.

A different perspective to Humanities: Shared Resources of UCLA's Humanities Departments. This (unpublished) map shows the relation between UCLA's Humanities Departments, based on the number of faculty that is affiliated with more than one department. The shared faculty acts as links between departments, showing a different organizational scheme of interdisciplinarity. Thus, the similarity between topics, and methodologies that allow such teaching and research practices in an institutional enterprise come to the fore.

As early as 2007, I have advocated for the use of these tools, but back then, the applicability of the idea was very limited due to lack of quality data. The references of publications were not available, and to extract them automatically one needed good working OCR tools, as well as a lot of manual cleaning and editing. In short, it was a cumbersome enterprise.

Some of my early publications are devoted to the analysis of Arts & Humanities publication trends and the specifics of citation tradition inside humanities. We have prepared a website displaying the position and environment of every individual journal in A&HCI (2008) based on their similarities in citation patterns.

The journal Leonardo was an in-depth study, a representative sample, and we generated an animation to show how its citation network changed over time, and what we can conclude from these changes:

Leonardo's Citation Environment (based on the references that appeared in Leonardo)

Leonardo's Knowledge Base (papers & journals that refer to articles that appeared in Leonardo).


2012. The Development of the Journal Environment of Leonardo. A.A. Akdag Salah, Loet Leydesdorff, Leonardo, 43(4).

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2011. The structure of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index: A comprehensive mapping on the basis of journals and subject categories. L. Leydesdorff, B. Hammarfelt & A.A. Akdag Salah, JASIST, 62(12), 2414-2426.

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2010. Maps on the basis of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index: the journals Leonardo and Art Journal, and “Digital Humanities” as a topic. L. Leydesdorff, A.A. Akdag Salah. JASIST, 61(4), 787-801.

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2010. Mapping the Flow of Digital Humanities. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, L. Leydesdorff. DH 2010.

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2007. Citation Networks: A New Humanities Tool? A.A. Akdag Salah, Z. Borovsky. DH 2007.

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