XVI.4 Nature 150

Alice Grischchenko

Alexander Gates

Qing Ke

Onur Varol

Mauro Martino

Albert-László Barabási

Nature 150 is an interactive map of papers published in the journal Nature since its founding in 1869. Created by current and former members of the Barabási Lab at Northeastern University, the macroscope visualizes the journal’s publication history as a network of influence.

Each node represents a published paper, and two paper nodes are connected if a third paper references them both. Nodes are color-coded by scientific discipline, showing how scientific works spread influence both within and beyond their disciplines. This network analysis shows that today’s scientific work draws upon and impacts a wider array of scientific fields than ever before. In other words, science is more interdisciplinary than it used to be.

Nature 150 can be found at https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-019-03165-4/index.html.


Gates, Ke, Varol, Barabasi (2019) Nature 575, pages 32-34.

Grischchenko, Alice, Alexander Gates, Qing Ke, Onur Varol, Mauro Martino, Albert-László Barabási, and BarabásiLab. 2020. Nature 150. In “16th Iteration (2020): Macroscopes for Harnessing the Power of Data.” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner, Lisel Record, and Todd Theriault. http://scimaps.org.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.