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Title: Detection of early-stage research fronts—An example of complex networks research
Author: ZHANG Lihua1,2; zhang zhiqiang(张志强)1
Source: Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science
Issued Date: 2014-12-25
Volume: 7, Issue:4, Pages:77-94
Keyword: Research front ; Specialty ; Innovation ; Timeliness ; Stability ; Interdisciplinarity
Subject: 新闻学与传播学 ; 图书馆、情报与文献学
Indexed Type: 其他
Corresponding Author: Zhiqiang Zhang (Email:zhangzq@lzb.ac.cn)
DOC Type: Research Paper
Abstract:
Purpose: This study aims to detect research fronts of a scientific field in its early development stage using bibliometric indicators developed based on the features of research fronts.

Design/methodology/approach: We first focused on conceptualization of “research fronts”and outlined 4 indicators to measure different aspects of the concept: Innovation, timeliness, stability and interdisciplinarity. Then research specialties obtained based on direct citation networks were evaluated with the 4 indicators and research fronts were identified. Finally, methodology was illustrated and verified in the research domain of complex networks.

Findings: The results indicate that the proposed method is useful in detecting research fronts in a specific field which is at an early development stage.

Research limitations: The quality of clustering results was not assessed. It needs to be further studied whether the method can be applicable to the fields that evolve slowly such as mathematics or are highly specialized like entomology and zoology.

Practical implications: This study helps researchers keep abreast of emerging trends and policy-makers formulate science and technology policies and strategic plans.

Originality/value: This research provides insights into a quantitative assessment method to detect research fronts of a scientific field in its early development stage.
English Abstract:
Purpose: This study aims to detect research fronts of a scientific field in its early development stage using bibliometric indicators developed based on the features of research fronts.

Design/methodology/approach: We first focused on conceptualization of “research fronts" and outlined 4 indicators to measure different aspects of the concept: Innovation, timeliness, stability and interdisciplinarity. Then research specialties obtained based on direct citation networks were evaluated with the 4 indicators and research fronts were identified. Finally, methodology was illustrated and verified in the research domain of complex networks.

Findings: The results indicate that the proposed method is useful in detecting research fronts in a specific field which is at an early development stage.

Research limitations: The quality of clustering results was not assessed. It needs to be further studied whether the method can be applicable to the fields that evolve slowly such as mathematics or are highly specialized like entomology and zoology.

Practical implications: This study helps researchers keep abreast of emerging trends and policy-makers formulate science and technology policies and strategic plans.

Originality/value: This research provides insights into a quantitative assessment method to detect research fronts of a scientific field in its early development stage.
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Language: 英语
Content Type: 期刊论文
URI: http://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/7627
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description.institution: 1.Lanzhou Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
2.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

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ZHANG Lihua,ZHANG Zhiqiang. Detection of early-stage research fronts—An example of complex networks research[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2014,7(4):77-94.
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