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Bibliometric Evidence for a Hierarchy of the Sciences

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Paper characteristics hypothesised to reflect the level of consensus, by scientific domain.

Domains are attributed based on journal, following the classifications of Essential Science Indicators and Arts & Humanities Science Citation Index: m = mathematics; p = physical sciences (Space Sc.+ Physics + Chemistry); bh = biological-hard sciences (Molecular Biology + Biology & Biochemistry); bs = biological-soft sciences (Plant and Animal Sc. + Environment/Ecology); s = social sciences (Psychiatry/Psychology + Economics & Business + Social Sciences, General); h = humanities. [Data sourced from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge].

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