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Exploring the topic structure and evolutionary trends of health informatics research in library and information science

Peilin Tian (The Literature and Information Center, Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
Le Wang (Library, Fudan University, Shanghai, China and National Experiment Base for Intelligent Evaluation and Governance, Fudan University, Shanghai, China)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 27 April 2023

Issue publication date: 24 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to reveal the topic structure and evolutionary trends of health informatics research in library and information science.

Design/methodology/approach

Using publications in Web of Science core collection, this study combines informetrics and content analysis to reveal the topic structure and evolutionary trends of health informatics research in library and information science. The analyses are conducted by Pajek, VOSviewer and Gephi.

Findings

The health informatics research in library and information science can be divided into five subcommunities: health information needs and seeking behavior, application of bibliometrics in medicine, health information literacy, health information in social media and electronic health records. Research on health information literacy and health information in social media is the core of research. Most topics had a clear and continuous evolutionary venation. In the future, health information literacy and health information in social media will tend to be the mainstream. There is room for systematic development of research on health information needs and seeking behavior.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to analyze the topic structure and evolutionary trends of health informatics research based on the perspective of library and information science. This study helps identify the concerns and contributions of library and information science to health informatics research and provides compelling evidence for researchers to understand the current state of research.

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Citation

Tian, P. and Wang, L. (2023), "Exploring the topic structure and evolutionary trends of health informatics research in library and information science", The Electronic Library, Vol. 41 No. 2/3, pp. 308-325. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-01-2023-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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