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Hungarian helps Nature magazine celebrate 150th anniversary

The network map on the cover of Nature magazine’s 150th anniversary edition was provided by a Hungarian researcher and his team.

Nature magazine, the world’s most renowned science magazine, celebrates its 150th birthday in November with an anniversary cover design created by a Hungarian researcher.

The map on the cover page shows the cross-referencing network of the articles published in the magazine in a light-colored illustration. The data was provided by Hungarian mathematician and researcher Albert-László Barabási and his research team.

Since the first issue was published, Nature magazine has grown into a huge publishing company, publishing thousands of magazines in addition to the renowned science magazine. 

Barabási’s cover image and its interactive digital three-dimensional version feature more than 88,000 scientific articles and their citation system published by Nature magazine since the turn of the 20th century.

Each study is marked by a color-coded dot according to the discipline. The size of the dot is larger or smaller according to the reference index of the particular study. The link between two dots is when a third publication mentions both. The entire network highlights not only the relationship between studies but also the multidisciplinary nature of Nature magazine. 

The data was collected and analyzed by Barabási, director of the Network Research Laboratory at Northeastern University in Boston, and his colleagues Alexander Gates a mathematician, and computer scientists Qing Ke and Onur Varol. The cover design is the work of Alice Grishchenko, a data visualization designer at Barabasi Lab, IBM researcher Mauro Martino and Claire Welsh, art editor at Nature magazine.

Barabási is a famous Hungarian physicist, network researcher, and external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The world-renowned scientist of Transylvanian origin was a professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana until 2007. He currently works for Boston at Northeastern University and Harvard.

Barabási is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2005 he was awarded the FEBS Anniversary Prize for Systems Biology and in 2006 the John von Neumann Medal by the John von Neumann Computer Society in Hungary. In 2004 he was elected into the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in 2007 into the Academia Europaea. He is an elected fellow of AAAS, a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. He received the 2014 Prima Primissima Award for his contributions to network science by the Hungarian Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers and he is the recipient of the 2019 Bolyai Prize.

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