A bibliometric analysis of event detection in social media

Xieling Chen (Jinan University, Guangzhou, China)
Shan Wang (University of Macau, Macao, China)
Yong Tang (South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China)
Tianyong Hao (South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 11 February 2019



The purpose of this paper is to explore the research status and development trend of the field of event detection in social media (ED in SM) through a bibliometric analysis of academic publications.


First, publication distributions are analyzed including the trends of publications and citations, subject distribution, predominant journals, affiliations, authors, etc. Second, an indicator of collaboration degree is used to measure scientific connective relations from different perspectives. A network analysis method is then applied to reveal scientific collaboration relations. Furthermore, based on keyword co-occurrence analysis, major research themes and their evolutions throughout time span are discovered. Finally, a network analysis method is applied to visualize the analysis results.


The area of ED in SM has received increasing attention and interest in academia with Computer Science and Engineering as two major research subjects. The USA and China contribute the most to the area development. Affiliations and authors tend to collaborate more with those within the same country. Among the 14 identified research themes, newly emerged themes such as Pharmacovigilance event detection are discovered.


This study is the first to comprehensively illustrate the research status of ED in SM by conducting a bibliometric analysis. Up-to-date findings are reported, which can help relevant researchers understand the research trend, seek scientific collaborators and optimize research topic choices.



Xieling Chen, Shan Wang, Yong Tang and Tianyong Hao (2019) "A bibliometric analysis of event detection in social media", Online Information Review, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 29-52

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-03-2018-0068



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