The effects of co-citation proximity on co-citation analysis

Shengbo Liu, Chaomei Chen

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the effects of co-citation proximity on the quality of co-citation analysis through four experiments of co-citation instances found in full-text scientific publications. First, we compared the distributions of co-citation instances at four levels of proximity in journal articles with the traditionally used article-level co-citation counts. Second, we analyzed how co-citation instances at different proximity levels are distributed across organizational sections in articles. Third, the distribution of co-citation proximity over different co-citation frequency groups is investigated. Fourth, we identified the occurrences of co-citations at different proximity levels with reference to the corresponding traditional co-citation network. The results show that sentence-level co-citations not only preserve the essential structure of the corresponding traditional cocitation network but also form a much smaller subset of the entire co-citation instances typically considered by traditional co-citation analysis. Implications for improving our understanding of underlying factors concerning co-citations and developing more efficient co-citation analysis methods are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISSI 2011 - 13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
EditorsEd Noyons, Patrick Ngulube, Jacqueline Leta
PublisherISSI, Leiden University and University of Zululand
Pages474-484
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789081752701
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2011 - Durban, South Africa
Duration: 2011 Jul 42011 Jul 7

Publication series

NameProceedings of ISSI 2011 - 13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
Volume1

Conference

Conference13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2011
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityDurban
Period11/7/411/7/7

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability

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