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Studying domain structure: a comparative analysis of bibliographic coupling analysis and co-citation analysis considering all authors

Yanhui Song (School of Management, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China)
Lixin Lei (School of Management, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China)
Lijuan Wu (School of Management, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China)
Shiji Chen (Chinese Academy of Science and Education Evaluation, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 2 August 2022

Issue publication date: 18 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper focuses on the differences in domain intellectual structure discovery between author bibliographic coupling analysis (ABCA) and author co-citation analysis (ACA) considering all authors. The purpose of this study is to examine whether and in what ways these two all-author network approaches yield different results.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample was collected from the database of Web of Science, including all articles published in Scientometrics and Journal of Informetrics from 2011 to 2020. First, 100 representative authors were selected from each set, and ABCA matrices and ACA matrices were constructed. Second, factor analysis was carried out on the matrices, to detect the intellectual structure of scientometrics and informetrics.

Findings

The intellectual structures identified by ABCA and ACA are similar overall, but the results differ somewhat when it comes to specific structures. The ABCA is more sensitive to some highly collaborative research teams and presents a clearer picture of current intellectual structures and trends while ACA seems to have some advantages in representing the more traditional and proven research topics in the field. The combined use of ABCA and ACA allows for a more comprehensive and specific intellectual structure of research fields.

Originality/value

This paper compares the performance of ABCA and ACA detecting the intellectual structure of the domain from the perspective of all authors, revealing the intellectual structure of scientometrics and informetrics comprehensively.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/OIR-12-2020-0540.

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Citation

Song, Y., Lei, L., Wu, L. and Chen, S. (2023), "Studying domain structure: a comparative analysis of bibliographic coupling analysis and co-citation analysis considering all authors", Online Information Review, Vol. 47 No. 1, pp. 123-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-12-2020-0540

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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