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Comparing Bibliographic Maps with Researcher Networks in Educational Research

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Jeong H, Lund K, Grauwin S, Jensen P. Comparing Bibliographic Maps with Researcher Networks in Educational Research. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Insights Through Network Analysis. Online at:

Bibliographic analyses based on citation data are commonly used to understand the shape of research practices in science (Grauwin & Jensen, 2011). Citation is a human practice subject to human practices such as professional membership (Longino, 2013). In this study, we examined the extent that bibliographic maps formed by shared citations map into human research communities. We first performed bibliographic coupling on 36,715 articles in Scopus published from 2000-2004 in educational research, which resulted in a network of 18 clusters (Lund, Jeong, Grauwin & Jensen, 2015). We then compared this map with researcher networks captured in the 2005 annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) with 12 Divisions and 155 SIGs (Significant Interest Groups). We looked at how authors/participants for a given AERA Division/SIG sponsored sessions were distributed between different clusters, taking into account the relative size (in terms of authors) of each of these clusters. Strong matches were found between some of the clusters and AERA Division/SIGs, suggesting that bibliographic clusters are relevant to researcher networks. The match was not as strong in other cases, which is likely to be due to the limited scope of the data as five years of cluster authorship was compared to one year of conference participation. In addition, AERA, while large, does not fully represent the global educational research community. Both strong and weak matches together indicate that while disciplinary associations may prompt and guide researchers to cite specific references, publish in certain journals, and join particular professional organizations, researchers are also agents of knowledge dissemination, citing, presenting, and publishing their research across cluster boundaries. The relationship between bibliographic networks and researcher networks is not straightforward, and we need to continue to reflect on how citation may influence and be influenced by research networks of the fields.



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scits 2017 conference, presentation, bibliographic maps, educational research, researcher networks

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