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Research infrastructures in the LHC era: a scientiometric approach

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  • Stefano CARRAZZA
  • Alfio FERRARA
  • Silvia SALINI

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When a research infrastructure is funded and implemented, a new literature cycle is created. This new information is the measurable output of the discovery process. In this paper, we describe the impact of physics experiments in terms of publications and citations. In particular, we consider the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments (ATLAS, CMS, ALICE, LHCb) and compare them to Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP) experiments (ALEPH, DELPHI, L3, OPAL), Tevatron experiments (CDF, D0). We provide an overview of the scientific output by projects over time and highlight the role played by remarkable project results in the publication-citation distribution trends. The methodological and technical contribution of this work provides a starting point for the development of a theoretical model to determine modern scientific knowledge propagation over time.

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  • Stefano CARRAZZA & Alfio FERRARA & Silvia SALINI, 2014. "Research infrastructures in the LHC era: a scientiometric approach," Departmental Working Papers 2014-12, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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    Keywords

    Scientometrics; Research infrastructures; Knowledge; Large Hadron Collider;
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    JEL classification:

    • C89 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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