35 years and 160,000 articles: A bibliometric exploration of the evolution of ecology

Mark William Neff, Elizabeth Corley

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Abstract

We utilize the bibliometric tool of co-word analysis to identify trends in the methods and subjects of ecology during the period 1970-2005. Few previous co-word analyses have attempted to analyze fields as large as ecology. We utilize a method of isolating concepts and methods in large datasets that undergo the most significant upward and downward trends. Our analysis identifies policy-relevant trends in the field of ecology, a discipline that helps to identify and frame many contemporary policy problems. The results provide a new foundation for exploring the relations among public policies, technological change, and the evolution of science priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-682
Number of pages26
JournalScientometrics
Volume80
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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