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

Abstract

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.

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Khan, G.F., Lee, S., Park, J.Y. et al. Theories in communication science: a structural analysis using webometrics and social network approach. Scientometrics 108, 531–557 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-015-1822-0

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Keywords

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