New Committee Structure

The THA Membership Committee has recently renewed its

structure and currently includes the following members:

  • José Manoel Carvalho de Mello, Chair, (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
  •  Marina Ranga (Stanford University, USA)
  •  Marli Elizabeth Ritter dos Santos ( Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul , Brazil)
  •  Andrzej H Jasinski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  •  Guilherme Ary Plonski (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Slavica Singer ( J J Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia)
  • Christiane Gebhardt (Malik Management Zentrum, Switzerland).


The new structure ensures not only a high level of academic and practice-oriented expertise, but also a balanced geographical and gender representation.

THA Chapters

During the recent months, the THA Membership Committee has actively focused on the evaluation of applications to establish THA Chapters in Russia, Turkey, and Mexico.

The committee welcomes the increasing interest for creating THA Chapters in several countries, and is happy to support and advise new Chapter proposers in preparing their applications.

We look forward to receiving your application for establishing a THA Chapter in your country! The Procedure for establishing a THA Chapter is available THA Membership at:

THA Membership 

The committee has devoted a significant part of their time to joint work with the THA Secretary General, Daniela Italia, to assist with increasing the membership numbers of the Association.

Professor José Manoel Carvalho de Mello Chair, Triple Helix Membership Committee

*email address protected*



In view of increasing public awareness, visibility and understanding of Triple Helix issues, and committed action in support of these issues, the Triple Helix Association (THA) established the Triple Helix Ambassadors initiative.

Triple Helix Ambassadors are designated by the members of the THA Executive Committee, the THA Committee Chairs, and heads of the THA Chapters.

If you are interested in becoming a Triple Helix Ambassador, please submit your application to one of the THA officers mentioned above in view of formal designation. The eligibility conditions, the terms of service for the post and application procedure for the nomination of Triple Helix Ambassadors is  available at:



07Methodological Cognitivism Vol. 1: Mind, Rationality, and Society

Riccardo Viale
University of Milan
Milano, Italy

ISBN: 978-3-642-24742-2

March 2012



This book deals with the cognitive foundation of the theory of social action. The social sciences are still guided by models of social action, far from the empirical reality of the psychology of action. While economics seems to have made greater progress in accepting the changes of theory of action derived from cognitive science (see, for example, the Nobel prize 2002 for economics awarded to Daniel Kahneman), sociology is still being oriented on the dualism of hermeneutics vs. structuralism, which leaves very little room for a cognitive theory of social action.

The unique features of the book are its combination of epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science in order to bear up on the methodologies of social sciences and in particular the methodological individualism. Methodological cognitivism is proposed as an alternative to the holistic character of structuralism, to the intentionalist and rationalist features of methodological individualism, and to the relativistic character of hermeneutics and ethnomethodology.

Contents: Part I: Cognitive Rationality and Society.- Part II: Cognitive Economics.- Part III: Mind, Culture, and Epistemological Universals.- References.- Subject Index.

€ 99.95 | £ 90.00 |


Bibliometric Perspectives on Medical Innovation using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of PubMed

Loet Leydesdorff [1], Daniele Rotolo [2], Ismael Rafols [2]

Multiple perspectives on the nonlinear processes of medical innovations can be distinguished and combined using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the Medline database. Focusing on three main branches–“diseases,” “drugs and chemicals,” and “techniques and equipment”–we use base maps and overlay techniques to investigate the translations and interactions and thus to gain a bibliometric perspective on the dynamics of medical innovations. To this end, we first analyze the Medline database,the MeSH index tree, and the various options for a static mapping from different perspectives and at different levels of aggregation. Following a specific innovation (RNA interference) over time, the

notion of a trajectory which leaves a signature in the database is elaborated. Can the detailed index terms describing the dynamics of research be used to predict the diffusion dynamics of research results? Possibilities are specified for further integration between the Medline database, on the one hand, and the Science Citation Index and Scopus (containing citation information), on the other.

[1] University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

[2] University of Sussex; SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research).

Innovation as a Nonlinear Process, the Scientometric Perspective, 
and the Specification of an “Innovation Opportunities Explorer”

Loet Leydesdorff [1], Daniele Rotolo [2], Wouter de Nooy [1]

The process of innovation follows non-linear patterns across the domains of science, technology, and the economy. Novel bibliometric mapping techniques can be used to investigate and represent distinctive, but complementary perspectives on the innovation process (e.g., “demand” and “supply”) as well as the interactions among these perspectives. The perspectives can be represented as “continents” of data related to varying extents over time. For example, the different branches of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in the Medline database provide sources of such perspectives (e.g., “Diseases” versus “Drugs and Chemicals”). The multiple-perspective approach enables us to reconstruct facets of the dynamics of innovation, in terms of selection mechanisms shaping localizable trajectories and/or resulting in more globalized regimes. By expanding the data with patents and scholarly publications, we demonstrate the use of this multi-perspective approach in the case of RNA Interference (RNAi). The possibility to develop an “Innovation Opportunities Explorer” is specified.


[1] University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

[2] University of Sussex; SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research).

The Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations (January 2012)

Loet Leydesdorff

The Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations was first proposed by Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff in 1995 and further elaborated into a model for studying knowledge-based economies by Etzkowitz & Leydesdorff (2000)and Leydesdorff (2006). A series of workshops, conferences, and special issues of journals have developed under this title since 1996. In various countries, the Triple Helix concept has also been used as an operational strategy for regionaldevelopment and to further the knowledgebased economy. This short review (4000 words) provides an update (in January 2012) of the further elaborations of various Triple Helix models (such as a neo-institutional versus neoevolutionary version). The surplus of using different models is specified in terms of research strategies. Using Triple Helix indicators, one can evaluate to what extent an innovation system is nationally, regionally, or technologically integrated.

Citation Analysis using the Medline Database at the Web of Knowledge: Searching “Times Cited” with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Loet Leydesdorff*, Tobias Opthof*

Citation analysis of documents retrieved from the Medline database (at the Web of Knowledge) has been possible only on a case-bycase basis. A technique is here developed for citation analysis in batch mode using both Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) at the Web of Knowledge and the Science Citation Index at the Web of Science. This freeware routine is applied to the case of “Brugada Syndrome,” a specific disease and field of research (since 1992). The journals containing these publications are attributed to Web-of-Science Categories other than “Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems”, perhaps because of the possibility of genetic testing for this syndrome in the clinic. With this routine, all the instruments available for citation analysis can be used on the basis of MeSH terms.

*  University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)