, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 357–371 | Cite as

Towards a typology of research performance diversity: the case of top Hungarian players

  • Sándor SoósEmail author
  • George Kampis


Measuring the intellectual diversity encoded in publication records as a proxy to the degree of interdisciplinarity has recently received considerable attention in the science mapping community. The present paper draws upon the use of the Stirling index as a diversity measure applied to a network model (customized science map) of research profiles, proposed by several authors. A modified version of the index is used and compared with the previous versions on a sample data set in order to rank top Hungarian research organizations (HROs) according to their research performance diversity. Results, unexpected in several respects, show that the modified index is a candidate for measuring the degree of polarization of a research profile. The study also points towards a possible typology of publication portfolios that instantiate different types of diversity.


Diversity index Polarization index Science mapping ISI subject categories Hungary Research organizations 



We acknowledge the financial support from the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under the FET- Open grant number 233847 (Dynanets project,


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Research Policy StudiesHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.History and Philosophy of ScienceLorand Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Collegium Budapest, The Institute for Advanced StudyBudapestHungary

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