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Feature report on China: a bibliometric analysis of China-related articles

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  • Weishu Liu

    (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

  • Li Tang

    (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

  • Mengdi Gu

    (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

  • Guangyuan Hu

    () (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

Abstract

China’s rise in science has been widely acknowledged. Yet we know little empirically about academic research focusing on China. Utilizing a uniquely constructed large-scale dataset, this paper explores China-related publications through bibliometric analysis. Our data suggests that not only interest in China but also knowledge about China has developed rapidly over the years. Despite an increasingly diverse profile of participants, the substantial rise of research focusing on China is largely limited to affluent regions and some geographically proximate neighbors of China. The research discloses that overseas Chinese facilitate academic research focusing on China. The research foci of China-related studies have gradually shifted from social science to natural science and, in more recent years, to Chinese environmental issues, public health and economy.

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  • Weishu Liu & Li Tang & Mengdi Gu & Guangyuan Hu, 2015. "Feature report on China: a bibliometric analysis of China-related articles," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 102(1), pages 503-517, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:102:y:2015:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-014-1371-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-014-1371-y
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