A typology of scientific breakthroughs

« Scientific breakthroughs are commonly understood as discoveries that transform the knowledge frontier and have a major impact on science, technology, and society. Prior literature studying breakthroughs generally treats them as a homogeneous group in attempts to identify supportive conditions for their occurrence. In this paper, we argue that there are different types of scientific breakthroughs, which differ in their disciplinary occurrence and are associated with different considerations of use and citation impact patterns. (…) »

source > mitpressjournals.org, Mignon Wuestman , Jarno Hoekman, Koen Frenken, 29 juin 2020