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Bibliometric cartography of information retrieval research by using co-word analysis

Ding, Y. and Chowdhury, G. and Foo, S. (2001) Bibliometric cartography of information retrieval research by using co-word analysis. Information Processing and Management, 37 (6). pp. 817-842. ISSN 0306-4573

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to map the intellectual structure of the field of Information Retrieval (IR) during the period of 1987-1997. Co-word analysis was employed to reveal patterns and trends in the IR field by measuring the association strengths of terms representative of relevant publications or other texts produced in IR field. Data were collected from Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) for the period of 1987-1997. In addition to the keywords added by the SCI and SSCI databases, other important keywords were extracted from titles and abstracts manually. These keywords were further standardized using vocabulary control tools. In order to trace the dynamic changes of the IR field, the whole 11-year period was further separated into two consecutive periods: 1987-1991 and 1992-1997. The results show that the IR field has some established research themes and it also changes rapidly to embrace new themes.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2619
Keywords: bibliometric cartography, cartography, information retrieval, co-word analysis, information mapping, data analysis, programming, Electronic computers. Computer science, Computer software, Media Technology, Management Science and Operations Research, Library and Information Sciences, Information Systems, Computer Science Applications
Subjects: Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
Science > Mathematics > Computer software
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2007
Last modified: 24 Jul 2015 13:09
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2619

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