, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 51–87

Mapping knowledge domains of Chinese digital library research output, 1994–2010


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0428-4

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Zhao, L. & Zhang, Q. Scientometrics (2011) 89: 51. doi:10.1007/s11192-011-0428-4


The aim of this paper is to identify the research paradigms on digital libraries in China while compared with that of international digital libraries research via scientometric analysis. Co-word network constructed by keywords in documents and their co-occurrence relationships is a kind of mapping knowledge domains, which represents the cognitive and intellectual structure of science. A total of 6068 and 1250 papers published between 1994 and 2010 were, respectively retrieved from the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and ScienceDirect databases with a topic search of digital libraries or digital library in abstracts of papers. This paper uses methods of co-word analysis, social network analysis and mapping knowledge domains as theory basis, with assistance of softwares of UCINET and Netdraw, to construct the co-word network of digital libraries/library research in China, present the study status quo and evolution on digital libraries/library in China and analyze the research paradigm structure of digital libraries/library in China.


Digital libraries/library researchCo-word analysisSocial network analysisMapping knowledge domains

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.School of Information ManagementHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinChina