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Empowering open science with reflexive and spatialised indicators

Raimbault, J; Chasset, P-O; Cottineau, C; Commenges, H; Pumain, D; Kosmopoulos, C; Banos, A; (2021) Empowering open science with reflexive and spatialised indicators. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science , 48 (2) pp. 298-313. 10.1177/2399808319870816. Green open access

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Abstract

Bibliometrics have become commonplace and widely used by authors and journals to monitor, to evaluate and to identify their readership in an ever-increasingly publishing scientific world. This contribution introduces a multi-method corpus analysis tool, specifically conceived for scientific corpuses with spatialised content. We propose a dedicated interactive application that integrates three strategies for building semantic networks, using keywords (self-declared themes), citations (areas of research using the papers) and full-texts (themes derived from the words used in writing). The networks can be studied with respect to their temporal evolution as well as to their spatial expressions, by considering the countries studied in the papers under inquiry. The tool is applied as a proof-of-concept on the papers published in the online open access geography journal Cybergeo since its creation in 1996. Finally, we compare the three methods and conclude that their complementarity can help go beyond simple statistics to better understand the epistemological evolution of a scientific community and the readership target of the journal. Our tool can be applied by any journal on its own corpus, fostering thus open science and reflexivity.

Type: Article
Title: Empowering open science with reflexive and spatialised indicators
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2399808319870816
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2399808319870816
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Geography of science, bibliometrics, open science, networks, epistemology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082465
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