Analysis of geomorphology citations in the last quarter of the 20th century

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Three hundred and twenty-eight geomorphology articles published in the last quarter of the 20th century were cited 20 or more times in Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) indices, as of 15 May 2001. At the close of the 20th century, well-cited geomorphology is highly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary with the most dominant fields being in biological, civil engineering, earth science, geography, geological, and soils disciplines. The very strong English-language bias of well-cited journal articles creates a geographical bias in study site selection, which may in turn bias geomorphic theory. Water-based research (fluvial processes and landforms, riparian, drainage basin) dominates well-cited papers, with the 'hottest' subfield in the 1990s being riparian research with a biological emphasis. Over 90 journals publish well-cited papers, but Earth Surface Processes and Landforms hosts the largest number of well-cited papers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-672
Number of pages6
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2002


  • Bibliometric
  • Citation
  • Earth surface processes
  • Geomorphology
  • Landform
  • Temporal
  • Time
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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