Models of Formation and Development of the Modern Social Sciences and the Humanities
In the framework of this project, the authors have solved the following tasks:
1. Evaluated results received from previous studies on the development of natural science; defined the opportunities and limits for their application to social sciences and humanities; outlined the specific character of production and distribution of social and human knowledge, including internal and external parameters and criteria for its social (group) acknowledgement;
2. Analyzed existing models of the formation and accumulation of knowledge in natural sciences and developed an alternative model which takes into account the peculiarity of social sciences and humanities;
3. Defined the specfiic character of functioning of the model of interaction between key concepts in the modern science studies – the ‘core’ (accumulated knowledge) and ‘frontier’ (cutting edge of research) – in social sciences and humanities;
4. Estimated the opportunities for the use of quantitative methods to evaluate the effectiveness of research and ways of adjusting bibliometric methods developed for natural science when applied to social sciences and humanities.