Evans, James. 2020. “Social Computing Unhinged”. The Journal of Social Computing 1(1):1.

Evans, James and Adrian Johns. 2020. “The New Rules of Knowledge: An Introduction”. Critical Inquiry 46:1-7.

Wang, Rose E., Sarah A. Wu, James Evans, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, David C. Parkes, Max Kleiman-Weiner. 2020. “Too many cooks: Coordinating multi-agent collaboration through inverse planning.”

Kang, Donghyun and James Evans. forthcoming. “Against Method: Exploding the Boundary Between Qualitative and Quantitative Studies of Science.” Quantitative Science Studies 1(2).

Wu, Lingfei, Linzhuo Li, and James Evans. 2020. “Social Centralization and Semantic Collapse: Hyperbolic Embeddings of Networks and Text.” Poetics

Yin, Yian, Yang Wang, James Evans & Dashun Wang. 2019. “Quantifying dynamics of failure across science, startups, and security.” Nature 575: 190-194. 

2020. “Science reveals the tipping point between success and failure: From Thomas Edison to Silicon Valley startups, those that rise to the top have learned how to treat past failures.” Fast Company, January 16.

Evans, James and Jacob Foster. 2019. “Computation and the Sociological Imagination.” Contexts 18(4): 10-15.

Kozlowski, Austin, Matt Taddy and James Evans. Forthcoming. “The Geometry of Culture: Analyzing the Meanings of Class through Word Embeddings.” American Sociological Review. (

Danchev, Valentin, Andrey Rzhetsky & James Evans. 2019. “Centralized communities more likely generate non-replicable results.” eLife. (

Sengupta, Nandana, Nathan Srebro & James A. Evans. 2019. “Simple Surveys: Response Retrieval Inspired by Recommendation Systems.Social Science Computer Review.

Wu, Lingfei, Dashun Wang & James A. Evans. 2019. “Large Teams Develop Science and Technology, Small Teams Disrupt It.” Nature.

McMahan, Peter & James A. Evans. forthcoming. “Ambiguity and Engagement”. American Journal of Sociology.

Shi, Feng, Misha Teplitskiy, Eamon Duede, James A. Evans. 2019. “The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds.” Nature Human Behaviour.

Asoodeh, Shahab, Tingran Gao & James Evans. 2019. “Curvature of Hypergraphs via Multi-Marginal Optimal Transport”. Proceedings of the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.

Asoodeh, Shahab, Tingran Gao & James Evans. 2018. “Wasserstein Soft Label Propagation on Hypergraphs: Algorithm and Generalization Error Bounds”. Proceedings of the 33rd AAAI on Artificial Intelligence.

Börner, Katy, Olga Scrivner, Mike Gallant, Shutian Ma, Xiaozhong Liu, Keith Chewning, Lingfei Wu, and James A. Evans. 2018. “Skill discrepancies between research, education, and jobs reveal the critical need to supply soft skills for the data economy.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Azoulay, Pierre, Joshua Graff-Zivin, Brian Uzzi, Dashun Wang, Heidi Williams, James A. Evans, Ginger Zhe Jin, Susan Feng Lu, Benjamin F. Jones, Katy Börner, Karim R. Lakhani, Kevin J. Boudreau, Eva C. Guinan. 2018. “Toward a more scientific science”. Science (Cover) 361(6408): 1194-1197, doi:10.1126/science.aav2484.

Teplitskiy, Misha, Daniel Acuna, Aida Elamrani-Raoult, Konrad Kording, and James A. Evans. Forthcoming. “The Sociology of Scientific Validity: How Professional Networks Shape Judgement in Peer Review”. Research Policy.

Gerow, Aaron, Yuening Hu, Jordan Boyd-Graber, David M. Blei, James A. Evans. 2018. “Measuring Discursive Influence across Scholarship.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1719792115.

Katariya, Sumeet, Lalit Jain, Nandana Sengupta, James A. Evans, Robert Nowak. 2018. “Adaptive Sampling for Coarse Ranking.” AISTATS

Fortunato, Santo, Carl T. Bergstrom, Katy Börner, James A. Evans, Dirk Helbing, Staša Milojević, Alexander M. Petersen, Filippo Radicchi, Roberta Sinatra, Brian Uzzi, Alessandro Vespignani, Ludo Waltman, Dashun Wang, Albert-László Barabási. 2018. “Science of science.” Science 359(6379): eaao0185, doi: 10.1126/science.aao0185.

Shi, Feng, Yongren Shi, Fedor Dokshin, James Evans & Michael Macy. 2017. “Can We Agree on Science? Measuring the Ideological Alignment of Science with Book Co-purchase Data.” Nature Human Behavior 1(0079), doi: 10.1038/s41562-017-0079.

Evans, James and Pedro Aceves. 2016. “Machine Translation: Mining Text for Social Theory.” Annual Review of Sociology 42:1-30, doi:10.1146/annurev-soc-081715-074206.

Tutterow, Craig and James Evans. 2016. “Reconciling the Small Effect of Rankings on University Performance with the Transformational Cost of Conformity” in the University Under Pressure, editors Elizabeth Popp Berman & Catherine Paradeise; Research in the Sociology of Organizations 46:265-301, doi:10.1108/S0733-558X20160000046009.

 Rzhetsky, Andrey, Jacob Foster, Ian Foster and James Evans. 2015. “Choosing Experiments to Accelerate Discovery.” Issue cover: “Engineering of Biology and Medicine”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(47):14569–14574, doi:10.1073/pnas.1509757112

Foster, Jacob, Andrey Rzhetsky, James Evans. 2015. “Tradition and Innovation in Scientists’ Research Strategies”. American Sociological Review October, 80:875-908, doi:10.1177/0003122415601618

Shi, Feng, Jacob Foster, & James Evans. 2015. “Weaving the Fabric of Science: Dynamic network models of science’s unfolding structure.” Social Networks 43:73-85. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2015.02.006

Yao, Lixia, James Evans, Andrey Rzhetsky. 2015. “A health research opportunity index reveals the (ir)rational allocation of research resources to health needs”. Nature Biotechnology 33(8):807-811, doi:10.1038/nbt.3276

Gerow, Aaron, Bowen Lou, Eamon Duede and James Evans. 2015. “Proposing Ties in a Dense Hypergraph of Academics.” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo) 2015, held in Beijing, China, December 9-12, 2015.

Zhang, Jingwei, Aaron Gerow, Jaan Altosaar, James Evans, Richard Jean So. 2015. “Fast, Flexible Models for Discovering Topic Correlation across Weakly-Related Collections”. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2015, held in Lisbon, Portugal, September 17-21, 2015.

Foster, Jacob G., and James A. Evans. 2016 “Promiscuous Inventions: Modeling Cultural Evolution with Multiple Inheritance.” Beyond the Meme. Ed. William C. Wimsatt and Alan Love. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Allesina, Stefano, Cody Weinberger, James Evans. 2015. “Ten Simple (Empirical) Rules for Writing Science.” PLOS Computational Biology, April 30. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004205

Blair, David R., Kanix Wang, Svetlozar Nestorov, James A. Evans, Andrey Rzhetsky. 2014. “Quantifying the Impact and Extent of Undocumented Biomedical Synonymy” PLOS Computational Biology. Sept. 25.

Gerow, Aaron, James A. Evans. 2014. “The Modular Community Structure of Linguistic Predication Networks.” Proceedings of TextGraphs-9: the workshop on Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing, pages 48–55, October 29, 2014, Doha, Qatar. Association for Computational Linguistics.

Wang, Jialei, Nathan Srebro, James A. Evans. 2014. “Active collaborative permutation learning” Proceedings of the 20th ACM SIGKDD international conference on Knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD ’14), pp. 502-511.

West, Jevon, Jacob Foster, Martin Rosvall, Daril Villena, James Evans, Carl Bergstrom. 2014. “Finding Cultural Holes: How Structure and Culture Diverge in Networks of Scholarly Communication” Sociological Science. June 9, doi:10.15195/v1.a15

Macal, Charles M., Michael J. North, Nicholson Collier, Vanja M. Dukic, Duane T. Wegener, Michael Z. David, Robert S. Daum, Philip Schumm, James A. Evans, Jocelyn R. Wilder, Loren G. Miller, Samantha J. Eels, Diane S. Lauderdale. 2014. “Modeling the transmission of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: a dynamic agent-based simulation.” Journal of Translational Medicine 12:124. doi:10.1186/1479-5876-12-124.

Evans, James, Jae-Mahn Shim, John P. Ioannidis. 2014. “Attention to Local Health Burden and the Global Disparity of Health Research” PLOS ONE. April 1, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090147.

Evans, James. 2013. “Future Science.” Science 342(6154): 44-45.

Evans, James. 2013. “Communication and the Evolution of Cognition.” In: Linda Caporael, James Griesemer and William Wimsatt, eds., Scaffolding in Evolution, Cognition and Culture, MIT Press.

Macal, Charles M., Michael J. North, Nicholson Collier, Vanja M. Dukic, Diane S. Lauderdale, Michael Z. David, Robert S. Daum, Philip Schumm, James A. Evans, Jocelyn R. Wilder, Duane T. Wegener. “Modeling the spread of community-associated MRSA.” InSimulation Conference (WSC), Proceedings of the 2012, Winter 2012 (Dec 9): 1-12. IEEE.

Rzhetsky, Andrey and James Evans. 2011. “War of Ontology Worlds: Mathematics, Computer Code, or Esperanto?” PLoS Computational Biology 7(9): e1002191. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002191.

Divoli, Anna, Eneida Mendonça, James Evans, Andrey Rzhetsky. 2011. “Conflicting biomedical assumptions for mathematical modeling: The case of cancer metastasis”  PLoS Computational Biology 7(10): e1002132. DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002132.

Evans, James and Jacob Foster. 2011 “Metaknowledge.” Science 331(6018):721-725.

Evans, James and Andrey Rzhetsky. 2011. “Advancing Science through Mining Libraries, Ontologies and Communities.” Journal of Biological Chemistry 286(27):23659-23666.

Yao, Lixia, Anna Divoli, Ilya Mayzus, James A. Evans, and Andrey Rzhetsky. 2010.  “Benchmarking Ontologies: Bigger or Better?” PLoS Computational Biology 7(1): e1001055. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1001055.

Evans, James. 2010. “Industry Collaboration, Scientific Sharing and the Dissemination of Knowledge.” Social Studies of Science 40(5): 757-791.

Evans, James. 2010. “Industry Induces Academic Science to Know Less About More.” American Journal of Sociology 116(2): 389-452.

Evans, James and Andrey Rzhetsky. 2010. “Machine Science.” Science 329(5990): 399.

 Evans, James. 2010. “Response to ‘Machine Science: The Human Side’, ‘Machine Science: Truly Machine-Aided Science’, and ‘Machine Science: What’s Missing?’” Science 330(6002): 317-319.

Evans, James. 2010. “Nonprofit Research Institutes: From Companies Without Products To Universities Without Students.” Pp. 151-82 in Lis Clemens and Doug Guthrie, eds., Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present. University of Chicago Press.

 Yao, Lixia, James A. Evans and Andrey Rzhetsky. 2009. “Novel Opportunities for computational biology and sociology in drug discovery.” Trends in Biotechnology 26(12): 557-562.

Evans, James and Jacob Reimer. 2009. “Open Access and Global Participation in Science,” Science 323: 1025.  [Requested to be reprinted in Biodiversity.]

Evans, James. 2009. “Response to ‘Open Access: Increased Citations Not Gauranteed,’ ‘Open Access: The Self-Selection Effect,’ and ‘Open Access: The Sooner the Better,’” Science 325: 266-267.

Evans, James. 2008. “Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship,” Science 321: 395-399.

 Evans, James. 2008. “Response to ‘Literature Citations in the Internet Era,’ ‘Narrower Focus May Be More Efficient,’ ‘To Each Citation, a Purpose,’ and ‘A Cycle of Tradition and Innovation,’” Science 323: 37-38.

Evans, James. 2006. “Start-ups in Science: Entrepreneurs, New Ventures, and Novelty Outside Business” in Martin Ruef and Michael Lounsbury, eds., Research in the Sociology of Organizations 2006.

Evans, James, Stephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda. 2004. “Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical Contracting,”  Administrative Science Quarterly 49: 1-38.

Kunda, Gideon, Stephen R. Barley and James Evans. 2002. “Why Do Contractors Contract? The Experience of Highly Skilled Technical Professionals in a Contingent Labor Market,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 55:  234-261. 



Frodeman, Robert, J. Britt Holbrook, et al. 2012 “The Promise and Perils of Transformative Research.” Summary report of workshop ‘Transformative Research: Ethical and Societal Implications’ held in Arlington, VA March 8 & 9. Exclusively contributed “Stable Scientific Strategies and the Unexamined Frontier of Knowledge.”


Lane, Julia et al. 2011 “Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age.” Summary Report of workshop, organized by the Office of International Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation held in Artlington, VA November 12, 2010. Exclusively contributed “Identification and the Complex System of Research.”