Content analysis of journal abstracts in communication

Author: Timothy Stephen (Department of Communication, University at Albany & President of CIOS)

Description: With the help of WORDSTAT software, the author analyzed the titles of papers published in Human Communication Research. Word co-occurrences were identified and then cluster analyzed, revealing five major clusters, four of which also contained at least two subclusters. This procedure, the author suggests, shows how content analysis can be used in bibliometric research.

Reference: Stephen, T. (1999). Computer-assisted concept analysis of HCR’s First 25 Years. Human Communication Research, 25, 498-513.