Research impact within the international arid literature: An Australian perspective based on network theory

R. R J McAllister, L. R. Izquierdo, Marcus Janssen, D. M. Stafford Smith

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While research-article impact is routinely judged by citation counts, there is recognition that a much broader view is needed to better judge the true value of citations. This paper applies a developing framework based on the application of network theory, where the network consists of journal articles on arid-systems research which are listed on ISI Web-of-Science. Keywords were used to identify articles related to arid-systems research. Linkages between articles were defined by citations, and we bound our analysis by focusing on how the Australian subsample contributes to the international arid-systems literature. The analysis showed that impact based on how articles contribute structurally to the flow of knowledge within the literature offers an alternative metric to citation counts. The analysis also presented a partitioned view of the Australian arid literature. This showed that there exists some citation-based structure within the literature, and we showed this structure better describes the literature than a partition based on which journal articles are published in. Crown

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-871
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Bibliometrics
  • Dryland
  • Graph theory
  • Rangeland
  • Semiarid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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