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Complex Systems Attendees Publish Paper on the Interdisciplinarity of Science

NAKFI conference attendees Alan Porter and Ismael Rafols published a paper, “
Is science becoming more interdisciplinary? Measuring and mapping six research fields over time
” in the December 2009 issue of Scientometrics. The researchers investigated the degree to which the interdisciplinarity of six research domains changed over a thirty-year period, from 1975 to 2005. Their findings suggest that “science is indeed becoming more interdisciplinary, but in small steps – drawing mainly from neighboring fields and only modestly increasing the connections to distant cognitive areas.”