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The hierarchical status of international academic awards in social sciences

Fan Jiang () and Niancai Liu ()
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Fan Jiang: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Niancai Liu: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 117, issue 3, 2091-2115

Abstract: Abstract International academic awards are not only compelling signs of personal academic excellence, but also play a significant role in evaluating the performance of institutions and countries. However, limited literature about awards in social sciences means that many major international academic awards are still unrecognized. Here we collect 180 international academic awards in eight subjects and gauge their relative reputations through online surveys. Moreover, we visualize the awards network based on the relative reputation scores and the number of co-awardees among them by using Gephi software. Finally, we adopt a statistical approach to analyze the structure of the awards network and find that the co-awardee frequencies follow a power-law distribution, which indicates that the awards network is a scale-free network. Our result suggests that a hierarchical status exists among international academic awards in social sciences, which may help us enhance the understanding of the Matthew effect in the academic awards system.

Keywords: International academic awards; Social sciences; Reputation survey; Network analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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