Mapping Modern Science Using Co-citation Analysis

, und . IV '07: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference Information Visualization, Seite 453--458. Washington, DC, USA, IEEE Computer Society, (2007)


Bibliometric analysis is used as a measuring activity technique for basic research. There are many country level analyses of trends in scientific publications. These analyses give us an understanding of the macro-scale character of scientific activities. However, it is difficult to capture the qualitative evolution of scientific activities through them. In this regard, a meso-scale analysis of science activities, i.e., analysis of "research areas", is suitable for grasping qualitative changes in scientific activities. In this study, we develop a new method for mapping science at the research area level. Our method consists of two parts: constructing research areas from scientific publications and content analysis by experts. Research areas are explored through a co-citation analysis, and a map of science was generated to analyze how research areas relate to each other. This method contributes to endeavours to understand and track the changing nature of science.


Mapping Modern Science Using Co-citation Analysis

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