Reid, E and Chen HC. "Mapping the contemporary terrorism research domain: Researchers, publications, and institutions analysis" Intelligence and Security Informatics, Proceedings. 3495. 2005. p.322-339 Sprinter-Verlag Berlin, berlin

Eugene Garfield eugene.garfield at THOMSON.COM
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TITLE:          Mapping the contemporary terrorism research domain:
                Researchers, publications, and institutions analysis
               (Article, English)
AUTHOR:         Reid, E; Chen, HC
                2005. p.322-339 SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, BERLIN

ABSTRACT:       The ability to map the contemporary terrorism research
domain involves mining, analyzing, charting, and visualizing a research
area according to experts, institutions, topics, publications, and social
networks. As the increasing flood of new, diverse, and disorganized digital
terrorism studies continues, the application of domain visualization
techniques are increasingly critical for understanding the growth of
scientific research, tracking the dynamics of the field, discovering
potential new areas of research, and creating a big picture of the field's
intellectual structure as well as challenges. In this paper, we present an
overview of contemporary terrorism research by applying domain
visualization techniques to the literature and author citation data from
the years 1965 to 2003. The data were gathered from ten databases such as
the ISI Web of Science then analyzed using an integrated knowledge mapping
framework that includes selected techniques such as self-organizing map
(SOM), content map analysis, and co-citation analysis. The analysis
revealed (1) 42 key terrorism researchers and their institutional
affiliations; (2) their influential publications; (3) a shift from focusing
on terrorism as a low-intensity conflict to an emphasis on it as a
strategic threat to world powers with increased focus on Osama Bin Laden;
and (4) clusters of terrorism researchers who work in similar research
areas as identified by co-citation and block-modeling maps.

AUTHOR ADDRESS: E Reid, Univ Arizona, Dept Management Infomat Syst, Tucson,
                AZ 85721 USA

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