Article ID: CBB373976870

Dissertation as a Source for Prosopography of Scientific Communities (2016)


This article deals with the bibliometric approach to the metadata of a dissertation record in a catalogue or database. As a document, a dissertation provides data on new knowledge, but also encodes important scientometric information. Research advising is one of main scholarly communication formal links (besides co-authorship and citation) in a social structure of science. PhD records may expose a scientific relation of research-advising both at the personal and institutional levels within a certain scientific area. This survey was inspired by bibliographical indexes of dissertation output in certain fields and during certain periods: 1793 to 1842, 1940 to 1993 in one country – Lithuania. The survey of selected scientific communities from 1945 to 1990 in Lithuania reveals a vast retrospective of scholarly communication, however, it is fragmented and not satisfactory for a comprehensive prosopographic mapping of scholarly communities within a science field or a country. After reviewing a tradition and style of electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) cataloguing and metadata creation, obstacles for prosopographic surveys and data mining in catalogues and databases of ETDs are revealed.

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Authors & Contributors
Antonovics, Janis
Boster, Dea H.
Bryson, Bill
Chang, Ku-Ming (Kevin)
Chaudhry, Humayun J.
Costa, Rui Manuel Pinto
British Journal for the History of Science
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Indian Journal of History of Science
Stanford University
University of Oklahoma
Edições Colibri
Lexington Books
University of Michigan Press
William Morrow
Societies; institutions; academies
Dissertations, academic
Universities and colleges
Glisson, Francis
Grew, Nehemiah
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Linnaeus, Carolus
Napoleon I, Emperor of France
Haller, Albrecht von
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
21st century
Great Britain
Geneva (Switzerland)
Royal Society of London
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome)
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
University of Michigan Medical School

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