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Erjia Yan

Assistant Professor

Information Science

Dr. Yan’s research interests lie in network science, informetrics, and scholarly data analysis, in the area of using scholarly networks to study scholarly communication, with a focus on its methods (e.g., ranking, clustering, topic modeling, and path finding) as well as its applications (e.g., evaluating research impact, studying scientific collaboration, addressing issues related to disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and exploring knowledge flow and transfer patterns).


  • PhD, Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Master of Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Bachelor of Science, Nanjing University

Research/Teaching Interests

Network science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications

Select Publications

  • Yan, E. (in press). Research dynamics, impact, and dissemination: A topic-level analysis. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology.
  • Yan, E. (in press). Finding knowledge paths among scientific disciplines. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology.
  • Yan, E. & Guns, R. (2014). Predicting and recommending collaborations: An author-, institution-, and country-level analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 8(2), 295-309.
  • Yan, E. (2014). Research dynamics: Measuring the continuity and popularity of research topics. Journal of Informetrics, 8(1), 98-110.

Awards & Recognition

  • Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Beta Phi Mu, 2013
  • Yuan T'ung Li (袁同礼) Memorial Fellowship, Indiana University, 2011
  • Bernbom Fellowship, Indiana University, 2010
  • Dean's Fellowship, Indiana University, 2008 to 2013
  • Magna Cum Laude, Nanjing University, 2008 

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Reviewer for Library and Information Science Research, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of Information Science, Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice, Scientometrics, Social Network Analysis and Mining, WWW2013, JIST2012, STI2012, ISSI2011, 2013, ICADL2010, 2014, ASONAM2009, 2010