Towards mapping library and information science

Frizo Janssens, Jacqueline Leta, W. Glänzel, Bart De Moor

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Abstract

In an earlier study by the authors, full-text analysis and traditional bibliometric methods were combined to map research papers published in the journal Scientometrics. The main objective was to develop appropriate techniques of full-text analysis and to improve the efficiency of the individual methods in the mapping of science. The number of papers was, however, rather limited. In the present study, we extend the quantitative linguistic part of the previous studies to a set of five journals representing the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). Almost 1000 articles and notes published in the period 2002-2004 have been selected for this exercise. The optimum solution for clustering LIS is found for six clusters. The combination of different mapping techniques, applied to the full text of scientific publications, results in a characteristic tripod pattern. Besides two clusters in bibliometrics, one cluster in information retrieval and one containing general issues, webometrics and patent studies are identified as small but emerging clusters within LIS. The study is concluded with the analysis of cluster representations by the selected journals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1614-1642
Number of pages29
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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Keywords

  • Full-text analysis
  • Library and information science
  • Mapping of science
  • Text-based clustering

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  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Towards mapping library and information science. / Janssens, Frizo; Leta, Jacqueline; Glänzel, W.; De Moor, Bart.

In: Information Processing and Management, Vol. 42, No. 6, 12.2006, p. 1614-1642.

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Janssens, Frizo ; Leta, Jacqueline ; Glänzel, W. ; De Moor, Bart. / Towards mapping library and information science. In: Information Processing and Management. 2006 ; Vol. 42, No. 6. pp. 1614-1642.
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