[Sigmetrics] Climate Change Research in View of Bibliometrics

Loet Leydesdorff loet at leydesdorff.net
Mon Aug 1 16:39:13 EDT 2016

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Iina Hellsten and Loet Leydesdorff, The Construction of Interdisciplinarity:
The development of the knowledge base and programmatic focus of the journal
<http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2524412> Climatic
Change, 1977-2013, Journal of the Association for Information Science and
Technology (2015; early view). doi: 10.1002/asi.23528



Loet Leydesdorff 

Professor, University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

loet at leydesdorff.net ; http://www.leydesdorff.net/ 

Associate Faculty, SPRU, University of Sussex; 

Guest Professor Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou; Visiting Professor, ISTIC,

Visiting Professor, Birkbeck, University of London; 



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Subject: Re: [Sigmetrics] Climate Change Research in View of Bibliometrics


This is potentially very useful research because this area of science is so
important to policy making. I have a small, bibliometric crude study here as
well, but it is not published in a journal because I do not do that.

See my


There are two basic findings, both using Google Scholar. First, of all the
listed items in all of science that refer to modeling, about 55% also refer
to climate change. This appears to be a huge concentration of modeling
activity in a very narrow scientific domain. Second, of all the items that
refer to climate change, about 97% also refer to modeling. It thus appears
that climate science is dominated by this concentration of modeling. In my
judgement the validity of this concentration and dominance is where much of
the debate comes from.


We need more research into this critical science & policy area.




David Wojick, Ph.D.

David E. Wojick Associates


At 03:45 AM 8/1/2016, Robin Haunschild wrote:

>Dear Colleagues,


>you might be interested in our bibliometric study on climate change 

>research which we present in this open access paper:


>Climate Change Research in View of Bibliometrics


>by Robin Haunschild, Lutz Bornmann, and Werner Marx


>This bibliometric study of a large publication set dealing with 

>research on climate change aims at mapping the relevant literature from 

>a bibliometric perspective and presents a multitude of quantitative data:

>(1) The growth of the overall publication output as well as (2) of some 

>major subfields, (3) the contributing journals and countries as well as 

>their citation impact, and (4) a title word analysis aiming to 

>illustrate the time evolution and relative importance of specific 

>research topics. The study is based on 222,060 papers (articles and 

>reviews only) published between 1980 and 2014. The total number of 

>papers shows a strong increase with a doubling every 5-6 years.

>Continental biomass related research is the major subfield, closely 

>followed by climate modeling. Research dealing with adaptation, 

>mitigation, risks, and vulnerability of global warming is comparatively 

>small, but their share of papers increased exponentially since 2005.

>Research on vulnerability and on adaptation published the largest 

>proportion of very important papers (in terms of citation impact).

>Climate change research has become an issue also for disciplines beyond 

>the natural sciences. The categories Engineering and Social Sciences 

>show the strongest field-specific relative increase. The Journal of 

>Geophysical Research, the Journal of Climate, the Geophysical Research 

>Letters, and Climatic Change appear at the top positions in terms of 

>the total number of papers published. Research on climate change is 

>quantitatively dominated by the USA, followed by the UK, Germany, and 

>Canada. The citation-based indicators exhibit consistently that the UK 

>has produced the largest proportion of high impact papers compared to 

>the other countries (having published more than 10,000 papers). Also, 

>Switzerland, Denmark and also The Netherlands (with a publication 

>output between around 3,000 and 6,000 papers) perform top-the impact of  

>their contributions is on a high level. The title word analysis shows 

>that the term climate change comes forward with time. Furthermore, the 

>term impact arises and points to research dealing with the various 

>effects of climate change. The discussion of the question of human 

>induced climate change towards a clear fact (for the majority of the 


>community) stimulated research on future pathways for adaptation and 

>mitigation. Finally, the term model and related terms prominently 

>appear independent of time, indicating the high relevance of climate


>The paper is published by PLOS ONE and available here:

> <http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160393>


>Feedback is greatly appreciated!


>Dr. Robin Haunschild

>Max Planck Institute

>for Solid State Research

>Heisenbergstr. 1

>D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

>phone: +49 (0) 711-689-1285

>fax:   +49 (0) 711-689-1292

>email:  <mailto:R.Haunschild at fkf.mpg.de> R.Haunschild at fkf.mpg.de

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