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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 discipline.

Classification is based on journal, following the systems of Essential Science Indicators and Arts & Humanities Science Citation Index: ma = mathematics; sp = Space Science; ph = Physics; ch = Chemistry; mb = Molecular Biology; bb = Biology & Biochemistry; pa = Plant and Animal Sciences; ee = Environment/Ecology; pp = Psychiatry/Psychology; eb = Economics & Business; so = Social Sciences, General; ah = Arts & Humanities. [Data sourced from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge].

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