, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 657–682

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


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-008-2099-3

Cite this article as:
Neff, M.W. & Corley, E.A. Scientometrics (2009) 80: 657. doi:10.1007/s11192-008-2099-3


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.

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes, School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.School of Public AffairsArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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