publication . Article . 2020

How to investigate the historical roots and evolution of research fields in China? A case study on iMetrics using RootCite

Xin Li; Qiang Yao; Xuli Tang; Qian Li; Mengjia Wu;
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  • Published: 12 Aug 2020 Journal: Scientometrics, volume 125, pages 1,253-1,274 (issn: 0138-9130, eissn: 1588-2861, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
This paper aimed to provide an approach to investigate the historical roots and evolution of research fields in China by extending the reference spectroscopy year spectroscopy (RPYS). RootCite, an open source software accepts raw data from both the Web of Science and the China Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI), was developed using python. We took iMetrics in China as the research case. 5141 Chinese iMetrics related publications with 73 376 non-distinct cited references (CR) collected from the CSSCI were analyzed using RootCite. The results showed that the first CR in the field can be dated back to 1882 and written in English; but the majority (64.2%) of the ...
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free text keywords: General Social Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, Computer Science Applications, China, Bibliometrics, Citation, Raw data, Python (programming language), computer.programming_language, computer, Citation index, Open source software, History, Library science
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