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2.3 Punctuated equilibrium

In order to gain more insight into change within ecologies, a second theoretical approach is necessary. Drawing on Kaufer and Carley's idea that the system of scholarly communication behaves like an ecology (as does the information industry as a whole - see [Odlyzko, 1997]), what happens if ideas from the studies of 'real' ecologies are brought to bear on this new domain?

2.3.1 Natural selection

2.3.2 Evolutionary change

2.3.3 Punctuated equilibrium and speciation

2.3.4 Other applications of punctuated equilibrium

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