, Volume 108, Issue 2, pp 531–557 | Cite as

Theories in communication science: a structural analysis using webometrics and social network approach

  • Gohar Feroz Khan
  • Sungjoon Lee
  • Ji Young Park
  • Han Woo Park


This exploratory study analyzes the networked structure of theories in social sciences represented by co-occurrences on the World Wide Web. For this, co-occurrences of communication science theories were retrieved from the Web and analyzed using social network analysis tools. Several networks and node-level properties were measured to examine the relationships of theories in terms of co-occurrences. Communication science theories were grouped into four clusters. The results shed some important light on structural dynamics of communication science theories on the academic and social Web.


Social science Theories Communication science Structural dynamics Web Webometrics Social network analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gohar Feroz Khan
    • 1
  • Sungjoon Lee
    • 2
  • Ji Young Park
    • 3
  • Han Woo Park
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationKeimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Journalism and Communication StudiesCheongju UniversityCheongjuSouth Korea
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Program of East Asia Cultural Studies, Cyber Emotions Research InstituteYeungNam UniversityGyeong-sanSouth Korea
  4. 4.Interdisciplinary Program of East Asian Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Program of Digital Convergence Business, Cyber Emotions Research InstituteYeungNam UniversityGyeong-sanSouth SKorea

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