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Generating Clustered Journal Maps: An Automated System for Hierarchical Classification

Loet Leydesdorff, Lutz Bornmann, and Caroline S. Wagner


Journal maps and classifications for 11,359 journals listed in the combined Journal Citation Reports 2015 of the Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes are provided at this http URL A routine using VOSviewer for integrating the journal mapping and their hierarchical clustering is also made available. In this short communication, we provide background on the journal mapping/clustering and an explanation and instructions about the routine. We compare 2015 journal maps with those for 2014 and show the delineations among fields and subfields to be sensitive to fluctuations. Labels for fields and sub-fields are not provided by the routine, but can be added by an analyst for pragmatic or intellectual reasons. The routine provides a means for testing one's assumptions against a baseline without claiming authority; clusters of related journals can be visualized to understand communities. The routine is generic and can be used for any 1-mode network.


Available at https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.03779

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Loet Leydesdorff

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

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Associate Faculty, SPRU, University of Sussex;

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

Visiting Professor, Birkbeck, University of London;



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