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R Publication Statistics: Glossary

Learn how the Rbibliometrix package can be used to explore the scholarly publishing landscape and make informed decisions to maximize the visibility and influence of your work.

Key Terms

Glossary of Important Terms:

  • Bibliometrics: The study of statistical and mathematical methods used to analyze books, articles, and other publications.

  • Scientometrics: The study of measuring and analyzing science, technology, and innovation.

  • Bibliographic Data: Data that provides descriptive publication information, such as author, title, publication date, etc.

  • SCOPUS: A bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. It covers nearly 22,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers.

  • BibTeX: A reference management software format used for formatting lists of references, often used in conjunction with LaTeX document preparation.

  • Data Frame: In R, a data frame is a table or a two-dimensional array-like structure where each column contains values of one variable and each row contains one set of values from each column.

  • Co-citation: Refers to the frequency with which two documents are cited together by other documents.

  • Coupling: Refers to the degree to which two documents reference a common body of earlier documents.

  • Collaboration Networks: Networks that map out collaborations between scientists, typically represented by co-authorships.

  • Impact Factor: Impact Factor (Journal Impact Factor): A measurement of the average number of citations received by a specific journal, used to measure the research at the journal level. It is determined by taking the total number of citations a journal has received in the past two years and dividing that by the total number of citable articles published by that journal in the same period. The impact factor can be found in sources such as Journal Citation Reports and the SCImago Journal & Country Rank.

Main Field Tags

The field tags below are used to structure the bibliographic data within the Bibliometrix package, and understanding them is essential for anyone working with this package or conducting bibliometric analysis. They provide a standardized way to refer to common bibliographic elements across different databases and formats.

  1. AU (Authors' Names): The names of the authors of the document.
  2. TI (Document Title): The title of the document.
  3. SO (Journal Name or Source): The name of the journal or source where the document was published.
  4. JI (ISO Source Abbreviation): The standardized abbreviation for the journal or source name.
  5. DT (Document Type): The type of document, such as a journal article, conference paper, etc.
  6. DE (Authors' Keywords): Keywords provided by the authors to describe the content of the document.
  7. ID (Keywords associated by SCOPUS or WoS database): Keywords associated with the document by the SCOPUS or Web of Science database.
  8. AB (Abstract): A summary or abstract of the document.
  9. C1 (Authors' Affiliations): The affiliations or institutions associated with the authors.
  10. RP (Corresponding Author's Affiliation): The affiliation of the corresponding author.
  11. CR (Cited References): The references cited within the document.
  12. TC (Times Cited): The number of times the document has been cited by other works.
  13. PY (Publication Year): The year the document was published.
  14. SC (Subject Category): The subject category or field to which the document belongs.
  15. UT (Unique Article Identifier): A unique identifier for the article, often used for tracking and referencing.
  16. DB (Bibliographic Database): The database from which the bibliographic information was retrieved.

For a complete list of field tags, see