Andrea Scharnhorst

Senior Research Fellow - eHumanities Group
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Data Archives and Networked Services and e-humanities group). Her areas of expertise cover information sciences, scientometrics, innovation studies, physics of complex systems, and science and technology studies. Her work can be placed at the interface between physics, social sciences and humanities. Dr. Scharnhorst has developed a specific framework (GOE_THE, which stands for Geometrically Oriented Evolutionary THEories) to describe processes of problem solving and learning as an evolutionary search process in unknown knowledge landscapes.

Selected key publications:

Börner, Katy and Andrea Scharnhorst. 2009. Editorial: Visual conceptualizations and models of science. Journal of Informetrics: Science of Science: Conceptualizations and Models of Science (special issue) 3 (3): 161-172.

Pyka, Andreas and Andrea Scharnhorst (eds). 2009. Innovation Networks New Approaches. In Modelling and Analyzing. Understanding Complex Systems, vol. X. Berlin et al: Springer. 330 pp.

Hellsten Iina, Renaud Lambiotte, Andrea Scharnhorst and Marcel Ausloos. 2007. Self-citations, co- authorships and keywords: A new approach to scientists' field mobility? Scientometrics, 72(3): 469- 486.



2012. Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Edited by Paul Wouters, Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst, and Sally Wyatt MIT Press.


Wouters, Paul, Isidro Aguillo, Judit Bar-Ilan, Frank Havemann, Hildrun Kretschmer, Ülle Must, Andrea Scharnhorst, and Mike Thelwall. 2011. "Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN)." Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). 2011 November 2. Cleveland, OH (USA).