The citation field of evolutionary economics

Wilfred Dolfsma*, Loet Leydesdorff

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Evolutionary economics has developed into an academic field of its own, institutionalized around, amongst others, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics (JEE). This paper analyzes the way and extent to which evolutionary economics has become an interdisciplinary journal, as its aim was: a journal that is indispensable in the exchange of expert knowledge on topics and using approaches that relate naturally with it. Analyzing citation data for the relevant academic field for the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, we use insights from scientometrics and social network analysis to find that, indeed, the JEE is a central player in this interdisciplinary field aiming mostly at understanding technological and regional dynamics. It does not, however, link firmly with the natural sciences (including biology) nor to management sciences, entrepreneurship, and organization studies. Another journal that could be perceived to have evolutionary acumen, the Journal of Economic Issues, does relate to heterodox economics journals and is relatively more involved in discussing issues of firm and industry organization. The JEE seems most keen to develop theoretical insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-664
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Evolutionary Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Betweenness centrality
  • Citation analysis
  • Evolutionary economics
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Journal of Evolutionary Economics (JEE)

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