# Citations graphs: what is known?

There has been much research related to web graphs and social graphs. They can be thought of as a kind of random graphs, but the point is that they are different from the well-known Erdős–Rényi model.

Question: Consider citations graphs in some field of research (i.e. the graphs with vertices given by publications and edges by citations). Are there any known mathematical models for them? Or are there empirical observations on the mathematical properties of such graphs (similar to those mentioned below)?

Here are some of the main properties of web graphs. I wonder about something similar for citation graphs.

1. The diameter is quite small (~6), i.e. the Law of Six degrees of separation

2. "Sparsity" - adjacency matrix is a sparse matrix,

3. Power law of distribution of degrees of vertices: the number of vertices with $$d$$ edges scales like $$C/d^{2.1}$$

And there is a suggestion for the model of how web graphs are growing, namely Barabási–Albert model, with the key idea of Preferential attachment, which means that the more connected a node is, the more likely it is to receive new links. Nodes with higher degree have stronger ability to grab links added to the network. Intuitively, the preferential attachment can be understood if we think in terms of social networks connecting people. Here a link from A to B means that person A "knows" or "is acquainted with" person B. Heavily linked nodes represent well-known people with lots of relations.