Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2009, Vol. 64 ›› Issue (2): 243-252.doi: 10.11821/xb200902011

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Analysis of SSCI Human Geography Journals

WANG Xian-wen1,2, LIU Ze-yuan1, LUAN Chun-juan1, LIANG Yong-xia1   

  1. 1. WISE LAB, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116085, Liaoning, China;
    2. Artificial Intelligence Lab, Department of Management Information Systems, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
  • Received:2008-01-27 Revised:2008-12-02 Online:2009-02-25 Published:2009-02-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.70773015


The authors analyze the relationship of 44 human geography journals indexed in JCR-SSCI (2008). Firstly, we search the matrix of co-citation amounts among journals in Web of Science using Cited Reference Search, which could get the complete co-citation matrix, and calculate the co-citation ratio of the matrix and make clustering analysis. Then the authors make CONCOR cluster analysis and co-citation network analysis with the co-citation ratio matrix of 44 journals. We compartmentalize four main sub-clusters of human geography journals, multidisciplinary journals, economic/industrial geography journals, environment geography journals, culture geography journals and geographic information systems journals. Then the authors study the influence of China's geography on the international academic arena. Among 73012 articles in 52 geography journals retrieved in SSCI published from 1975 to 2007, the authors from Mainland China only participated in 319 articles, accounting for 0.44% of the total. For the 426 highly cited papers (cited more than 50 times) in 73012 articles, China has two highly cited papers (cited more than 50 times), when the overall number is 426 among all the 73012 articles. With regard to the international influence of Chinese geography journals, the authors select 11 geography journals published in Mainland China, then search the citation situation in Web of Science. The results show that 11 Chinese journals have been cited 1565 times from 1975 to 2007, of which Acta Geographica Sinica has been cited 792 times, indicating that China's development of Geography still lags behind the developed countries, such as United States, England, Canada, etc.

Key words: Web of Science, SSCI, human geography, scientometrics, co-citation analysis, CONCOR cluster