Applied bibliometrics and information visualization for decision-making processes in higher education institutions

Carlos Vílchez-Román, Sol Sanguinetti, Mariela Mauricio-Salas

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse how using bibliometrics and information visualization can provide a “picture at glance” from which decision-makers can structure processes, thus organizing outputs/outcomes from inception. Design/methodology/approach: This study carried out a bibliometric-oriented review on studies on higher education students' retention; 1,962 records were downloaded from Scopus and grouped into three five-year intervals: 2002–2006 (n = 236), 2007–2011 (n = 584) and 2012–2016 (n = 1,142). Centrality measures and text-mining techniques were used to analyse data. Findings: Clusters of academic networks were identified by using co-citation analysis. Also, terms with high semantic value were ranked and grouped by using automatic term extraction and co-word analysis. Practical implications: The bibliometric approach used in this study identifies clusters of authors specialized in student retention, as well as detects the primary terms within this research field. Originality/value: This paper provides evidence that a bibliometric approach in conjunction with data visualization can be a valuable complement to in-depth literature reviews for the decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-283
Number of pages21
JournalLibrary Hi Tech
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bibliometrics
  • Decision-making for higher education
  • nformation visualization

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