Laying the Foundations for Scientometric Research: A Data Science Approach

Brian E. Perron, Bryan G. Victor, David R. Hodge, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Michael G. Vaughn, Robert Joseph Taylor

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Objective: Scientometric studies of social work have stagnated due to problems with the organization and structure of the disciplinary literature. This study utilized data science to produce a set of research tools to overcome these methodological challenges. Method: We constructed a comprehensive list of social work journals for a 25-year time period and searched for all available article records using 35 different databases. Customized software was developed to restructure article records into a single analyzable database. We then computed the annual journal growth from the database. Results: A population of 90 disciplinary journals was established, and 33,330 article records were retrieved from 80 of these journals. Rapid and consistent growth in the number of social work journals was observed, particularly from 1997 up to 2005. Conclusions: The population list of social work journals, database of article records, and customized software builds the foundation for future scientometric studies in social work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-812
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Families in Societya Social Work British Journal of Social Worka Journal of Gerontological Social Work Research On Social Work Practice Social Work in Health Care International Social Work Health & Social Work Journal of Social Work Education Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare Social Work Education Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment Clinical Social Work Journal Indian Journal of Social Work Maatskaplike Werk Affilia Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal Social Service Review Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping Social Work With Groups Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Journal of Social Service Research Administration in Social Work Child & Family Social Work Social Work Researcha Journal of Social Work Practice Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services Journal of Teaching in Social Work Smith College Studies in Social Work Journal of Community Practice Journal of Technology in Human Servicesa European Journal of Social Work International Journal of Social Welfare Canadian Social Work Review Arete Journal of Social Work Practice in The Addictions Social Work & Christianity Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Social Work in Mental Health Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Worka Qualitative Social Work Journal of Family Social Work Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Worka Social Work in Public Health Journal of Hiv/Aids & Social Services Social Development Issues Psychoanalytic Social Worka Journal of Social Work Australian Social Work Children & Schoolsa Advances in Social Work Social Work Review Social Work & Social Sciences Review Social Work & Society Professional Development

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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