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Proceedings of the annual meetings of the association for information science and technology: analysis of two decades of published research

Md. Anwarul Islam (Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Naresh Kumar Agarwal (School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 21 July 2022

Issue publication date: 6 January 2023




The purpose of this study is to investigate the research and publication trends in the articles published in the conference proceedings of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) since the year 2000.


We analyzed two decades of ASIS&T proceedings to uncover bibliometric patterns. This study uses two bibliometric procedures applied to the publications in the ASIS&T conference proceedings – a bibliometrics analysis using three data sources (Scopus, ASIS&T proceedings website and Scimago journal ranking) and a scientific mapping analysis using VOSViewer.


We found 3,129 publications from 2000 to 2020, with more than three-quarters jointly authored. Most authors are from the United States, Canada and China. Social media and information behavior are the top-researched areas. The top-cited journals are the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Information Processing and Management and Library and Information Science Research.

Research limitations/implications

The study will help information professionals understand patterns in recent research, which should help guide them in their future research directions.

Practical implications

The findings affirm ASIS&T’s move to an international association and point to the growing importance of collaborative work and social media.


ASIS&T has been holding annual meetings since the 1950s. While there have been various bibliometric studies analyzing publication trends in different journals in the field of information science, none of these studies have analyzed the ASIS&T conference proceedings.



Anonymized sections: Lastly, the authors had earlier carried out a bibliometric study of the JASIST (Agarwal and Islam, 2020). In future work, we can compare the two studies to understand how the results differ between the journal and the conference of ASIS&T.

A poster based on this paper was presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2021 (Agarwal and Islam, 2021).


Islam, M.A. and Agarwal, N.K. (2023), "Proceedings of the annual meetings of the association for information science and technology: analysis of two decades of published research", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 51 No. 1, pp. 105-120.



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