Research Patterns on the Social Networks and Media: A Scientometric Portrait

Research Patterns on the Social Networks and Media: A Scientometric Portrait

C. Baskaran (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9825-1.ch014


The study analyses 11,941 total records on social networks and media retrieved from Web of Science database during the period of study. The predominantly records 2,576 (21.57%) of the publications brought out in 2018, followed by 2,281 (19.10%) records published in 2017. A majority of the publications, 2,207 (18.48%), were published from communication area, on account of the specific nature of the research concentrating on Social networks. Computer communications information systems area scores second with 1,172 (9.81%) of the publications. The study found that more than 10 publications contributed by an individual area out of 11,941 records during period. Liu Y has contributed 37 (0.31%) of the publications as top ranked author in the research.
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Pritchard (1969) coined the term ‘bibliometrics’ and defined it as “The application of mathematical and statistical methods to books and other media of communication”. Fairthorne defined bibliometric as: “The quantitative treatment of the properties of recorded discourse and behaviour pertaining to it”. Sengupta (1992) viewed scientometric as “organisation, classification and quantitative evaluation of publication patterns of all macro and micro communications along with their authorship by mathematical and statistical calculus.”Broadus viewed scientometric as “Scientometric is the quantitative study of physical published unitsor of bibliographic units or of surrogates of either.”

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