Combining full text and bibliometric information in mapping scientific disciplines

Patrick Glenisson, Wolfgang Glänzel, Frizo Janssens, Bart De Moor

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In the present study results of an earlier pilot study by Glenisson, Glänzel and Persson are extended on the basis of larger sets of papers. Full text analysis and traditional bibliometric methods are serially combined to improve the efficiency of the two individual methods. The text mining methodology already introduced in the pilot study is applied to the complete publication year 2003 of the journal Scientometrics. Altogether 85 documents that can be considered research articles or notes have been selected for this exercise. The outcomes confirm the main results of the pilot study, namely, that such hybrid methodology can be applied to both research evaluation and information retrieval. Nevertheless, Scientometrics documents published in 2003 cover a much broader and more heterogeneous spectrum of bibliometrics and related research than those analysed in the pilot study. A modified subject classification based on the scheme used in an earlier study by Schoepflin and Glänzel has been applied for validation purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548-1572
Number of pages25
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005



  • Automatic indexing
  • Bibliometrics
  • Full text analysis
  • Mapping of science
  • Text-based clustering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences

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