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I am pleased to announce the latest title in Morgan & Claypool's series on
Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services:


Analysis and Visualization of Citation Networks
Dangzhi Zhao, University of Alberta, Canada
Andreas Strotmann, ScienceXplore, Bad Schandau, Germany
Paperback ISBN: 9781608459384, $55.00
eBook ISBN: 9781608459391
February 2015, 207 pages 



Citation analysis-the exploration of reference patterns in the scholarly and
scientific literature-has long been applied in a number of social sciences
to study research impact, knowledge flows, and knowledge networks. It has
important information science applications as well, particularly in
knowledge representation and in information retrieval. 


Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in citation analysis to help
address research, management, or information service issues such as
university rankings, research evaluation, or knowledge domain visualization.
This renewed and growing interest stems from significant improvements in the
availability and accessibility of digital bibliographic data (both citation
and full text) and of relevant computer technologies. The former provides
large amounts of data and the latter the necessary tools for researchers to
conduct new types of large-scale citation analysis, even without special
access to special data collections. Exciting new developments are emerging
this way in many aspects of citation analysis. 


This book critically examines both theory and practical techniques of
citation network analysis and visualization, one of the two main types of
citation analysis (the other being evaluative citation analysis). To set the
context for its main theme, the book begins with a discussion of the
foundations of citation analysis in general, including an overview of what
can and what cannot be done with citation analysis (Chapter 1). An in-depth
examination of the generally accepted steps and procedures for citation
network analysis follows, including the concepts and techniques that are
associated with each step (Chapter 2). Individual issues that are
particularly important in citation network analysis are then scrutinized,
namely: field delineation and data sources for citation analysis (Chapter
3); disambiguation of names and references (Chapter 4); and visualization of
citation networks (Chapter 5). Sufficient technical detail is provided in
each chapter so the book can serve as a practical how-to guide to conducting
citation network analysis and visualization studies. 


While the discussion of most of the topics in this book applies to all types
of citation analysis, the structure of the text and the details of
procedures, examples, and tools covered here are geared to citation network
analysis rather than evaluative citation analysis. This conscious choice was
based on the authors' observation that, compared to evaluative citation
analysis, citation network analysis has not been covered nearly as well by
dedicated books, despite the fact that it has not been subject to nearly as
much severe criticism and has been substantially enriched in recent years
with new theory and techniques from research areas such as network science,
social network analysis, or information visualization. 


Table of Contents: Acknowledgment / Dedications /Foundations of Citation
Analysis / Conducting Citation Network Analysis: Steps, Concepts,
Techniques, and Tools / Field Delineation and Data Sources for Citation
Analysis / Disambiguation in Citation Network Analysis / Visualization of
Citation Networks / Appendix 3.3 / Appendix 5.4.2 / Bibliography / Author

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Series: Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services

Series Editor: Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Use of this book as a course text is encouraged, and the texts may be
downloaded without restriction by members of institutions that have licensed
accessed to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer
Science or after a one-time fee of $20.00 each by members of non-licensed
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