Textual analysis and scientometric mapping of the dynamic knowledge in and around the IFSA community

  • Marc BarbierEmail author
  • Marianne Bompart
  • Véronique Garandel-Batifol
  • Andréi Mogoutov


Using the proceedings of six European IFSA Symposia, we analysed the themes that were central in these Symposia as well as trends from a number of papers and authors. We then assessed the wider domain of agricultural research based on a corpus extracted from the CAB and SCI databases of the Web of Knowledge. The co-word analysis allows the generation of maps which graphically represent how keywords are linked, and allows the identification of thematic clusters. The dynamic of keywords in the period 1991–2007 was also analysed, thus allowing the identification of keywords which were of central importance during different periods. This showed how themes such as sustainability emerged, disappeared and re-emerged under different guises. The various analyses are provided to further the reflexivity of the IFSA community, especially regarding its publication practices and thus its efforts to make results from Farming Systems Research more widely available.


Science Citation Index Scientific Context Bibliographic Notice Agronomic Research Science Citation Index Database 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



We thank especially Benoit Dedieu, Bernard Hubert and Marianne Cerf for their availability in the hectic times of their own activities. We also want to thank Jean-Marc Meynard, the Head of the SAD Department of INRA, who brought a financial support to this research. Thanks also to those who proposed comments and critics during the Clermont-Ferrand symposium, and to the Board of IFSA, which has welcome the results of this research. We would like to thank Ika Darnhofer for her careful editorial work, which considerably helped to clarify the presentation of our work. The final thank you is for Jean-Philippe Cointet, who does a lot to design new algorithms and methodology of visualising graphs like in the Map 4.2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Barbier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marianne Bompart
    • 2
  • Véronique Garandel-Batifol
    • 2
  • Andréi Mogoutov
    • 3
  1. 1.INRA Sens, IFRISMarne la ValléeFrance
  2. 2.INRA SADToulouseFrance
  3. 3.AGUIDEL, IFRISMarne la ValléeFrance

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