A1 Journal article (refereed)
Network-based indices of individual and collective advising impacts in mathematics (2020)

Semenov, A., Veremyev, A., Nikolaev, A., Pasiliao, E. L., & Boginski, V. (2020). Network-based indices of individual and collective advising impacts in mathematics. Computational Social Networks, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40649-019-0075-0

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All authors or editorsSemenov, Alexander; Veremyev, Alexander; Nikolaev, Alexander; Pasiliao, Eduardo L.; Boginski, Vladimir

Journal or seriesComputational Social Networks


Publication year2020


Issue number1


Publication countryGermany

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67238


Advising and mentoring Ph.D. students is an increasingly important aspect of the academic profession. We define and interpret a family of metrics (collectively referred to as “a-indices”) that can potentially be applied to “ranking academic advisors” using the academic genealogical records of scientists, with the emphasis on taking into account not only the number of students advised by an individual, but also subsequent academic advising records of those students. We also define and calculate the extensions of the proposed indices that account for student co-advising (referred to as “adjusted a-indices”). In addition, we extend some of the proposed metrics to ranking universities and countries with respect to their “collective” advising impacts, as well as track the evolution of these metrics over the past several decades. To illustrate the proposed metrics, we consider the social network of over 200,000 mathematicians (as of July 2018) constructed using the Mathematics Genealogy Project data.

Keywordssocial networksbig dataindexes (comparative figures)

Free keywordssocial networks; big data; scientific advising impact; a-Indices; mathematics genealogy project

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Reporting Year2020

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