A method of detecting emerging trends in research topics
GE Fei; TAN Zongying; TAN Zongying (E-mail: tanzy@mail.las.ac.cn)
2014-06-25
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Library and Information Science
ISSN1674-3393
Volume7Issue:2Pages:65-81
Abstract
Purpose: This paper proposes a method of detecting emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective.

Design/methodology/approach: Through co-word clustering to identify research topics and analyzing position changes of topic words in the keywords life-cycle diagram during different time periods, we detected emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective. The method was applied to the field of nanotechnology to verify its effectiveness and practicability.

Findings: The results show that this method can be used to detect emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective, as it divides keywords into five categories: Potential keywords, emerging keywords, hot keywords, stable keywords and recession keywords, through which more details of topic changes can be found.

Research limitations: We used keywords provided by authors and database indexers for keywords extraction. But this approach may lead to the problem of "indexer effect". The method may have a limited effect when applied to a disciplinary domain such as mathematics, which evolves slowly.

Practical implications: This study provides information analysts with insights into the way to better understand specialty areas of a discipline domain and formulate research policies and strategic plans.

Originality/value: This study contributes to the current literature by proposing a new method, which can detect emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective.
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Purpose: This paper proposes a method of detecting emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective.

Design/methodology/approach: Through co-word clustering to identify research topics and analyzing position changes of topic words in the keywords life-cycle diagram during different time periods, we detected emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective. The method was applied to the field of nanotechnology to verify its effectiveness and practicability.

Findings: The results show that this method can be used to detect emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective, as it divides keywords into five categories: Potential keywords, emerging keywords, hot keywords, stable keywords and recession keywords, through which more details of topic changes can be found.

Research limitations: We used keywords provided by authors and database indexers for keywords extraction. But this approach may lead to the problem of "indexer effect". The method may have a limited effect when applied to a disciplinary domain such as mathematics, which evolves slowly.

Practical implications: This study provides information analysts with insights into the way to better understand specialty areas of a discipline domain and formulate research policies and strategic plans.

Originality/value: This study contributes to the current literature by proposing a new method, which can detect emerging trends in research topics from a more micro perspective.
KeywordEmerging Trend Detection Keywords Life-cycle Four Quadrant Diagram
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Funding OrganizationThis work is supported by the Center of Advisory Information Research, Academic Divisions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/7215
CollectionJournal of Data and Information Science_Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science-2014
Corresponding AuthorTAN Zongying (E-mail: tanzy@mail.las.ac.cn)
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GE Fei,TAN Zongying,TAN Zongying . A method of detecting emerging trends in research topics[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2014,7(2):65-81.
APA GE Fei,TAN Zongying,&TAN Zongying .(2014).A method of detecting emerging trends in research topics.Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,7(2),65-81.
MLA GE Fei,et al."A method of detecting emerging trends in research topics".Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science 7.2(2014):65-81.
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