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Call for Papers: Scientometrics Special Issue "Mapping Triple Helix Innovation for Developing and Transitional Economies: Webometrics, Scientometrics, and Informetrics"

Call for Papers: Scientometrics Special Issue

Mapping Triple Helix Innovation for Developing and Transitional Economies: Webometrics, Scientometrics, and Informetrics

Guest Co-editors: Dr. Chung Joo Chung & Dr. Han Woo Park

Since Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff (1995) introduced the Triple Helix (TH) model of university–industry–government (UIG) relations to explain structural developments in knowledge-based economies, many scholars, entrepreneurs, and administrators have attempted to extend the TH model. According to the recent special issue of Scientometrics (edited by Khan and Park in 2012), the cumulative employment of the TH model in the study of knowledge-based economies and the application of new webometric, scientometric, and informetric research methods have provided many opportunities for stimulating intellectual discussions on the direction of the TH model and its methods. The growing importance of the TH model has led to the emergence of a rich body of theoretical and empirical research discussing new methods for knowledge creation. In particular, the emergence of research on the TH model in Asian contexts has been noteworthy (Meyer, 2012). The beauty of TH research lies in its diversity and innovativeness, reflecting the dynamic characteristics of the approach.

The TH model and its indicators have been evolving and thus have invited scholars to suggest new ways to operationalize UIG relations in various contexts. In this regard, the social network analysis (SNA) method has been effective in mapping and measuring relationships within/between academic (U), market (I), and political/regulatory (G) systems. Under the SNA framework, one may raise the question of what roles the three institutional actors (UIG) play in TH innovation and how they are related to one another. Further, the emergence of data-driven research methods has enabled researchers to examine the roles of actors beyond UIG through TH relations. That is, analyses can be more specific than generalized TH analyses. Therefore, one can discover the emergence of Quadruple Helix or n-tuple helix relations, which can be extended from "mode 2" to "mode 3" knowledge production systems through the use of public, social, or local-global components for the fourth (or higher) dimension. All these important questions have not been systematically raised and made to attempt to address beyond North America and Western Europe.
This may lead to a global gap in the literature on science divide. This special issue attempts to fill this gap and contributes to the growing body of TH knowledge by considering developing and transitional economies.

Deadline and submission
  • Paper submission deadline: November 1, 2012 (Extended to December 30, 2012)
  • Review and acceptance: March 1, 2013
  • Anticipated publication: Spring/Summer 2013

Guidelines for submitting papers

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Dr. Chung Joo Chung (

  • Etzkowitz, H., & Leydesdorff, L. (1995). The Triple Helix---University-Industry-Government Relations: A Laboratory for Knowledge Based Economic Development. EASST Review 14, 14-19.
  • Khan, G. F., & Park, H. W. (2012). Editorial: Triple Helix and Innovation in Asia Using Scientometrics, Webometrics, and Informetrics. Scientometrics, 90, 1-7.
  • Meyer, M. (2012). Triple helix indicator: A bibliometric perspective. The Triple Helix Association Newsletter, 1(2), 4-6.

Updated 27 October, 2012

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