|Structure and development of science communication research: co-citation analysis of a developing field
Mike S. Schäfer
|Scholarly communication; Science communication: theory and models
|Journal of Science Communication
? 2018, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati. Since the early 1990s, there has been a considerable increase in the number of scientific studies on science communication, and this increase has been accompanied by a diversification of the research field. This study focuses on one aspect of this development: it analyses how citation network structures within the field have developed over time, and whether science communication research shows signs of becoming a research field or a discipline in its own right. Employing a co-citation analysis of scholarly publications published between 1996 and 2015, it assesses to what extent a coherent communication network exists within science communication research. The results show a field with a diverse internal structure and clear internal changes over time which suggest an increasing emancipation of the field.
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