Tropical Geography ›› 2020, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (6): 957-969.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003285

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The Bibliometric Analysis on the 40th Anniversary of Tropical Geography Based on CiteSpace

Kai Liu1,2(), Minying Lu1,2, Xiaoling Li3   

  1. 1.School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University//Provincial Engineering Research Center for Public Security and Disaster//Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and GeoSimulation, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2.Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), Zhuhai 519000, China
    3.Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences//Guangdong Open Laboratory of Geospatial Information Technology and Application, Guangzhou 510070, China
  • Received:2020-03-06 Revised:2020-09-10 Online:2020-11-30 Published:2020-12-10


On the 40th anniversary of Tropical Geography, a Bibliometric analysis based on CiteSpace was made on 2 938 articles published in tropical geography during1980-2019. At the interval of every 10 years, this paper conducted keyword co-occurrence analysis, keyword emergent detection, author co-occurrence analysis and institution co-occurrence analysis, aiming to explore the trends of the themes, historical burst terms, the core author partnerships and the core institutions partnerships in Tropical Geography. As a result, in the first 20 years, the research topics and areas of Tropical Geography were concentrated, mostly focusing on south China and the development and utilization of its resources. The cooperation among the core authors was weak and overall dispersed. Besides, it mainly reported the research results of Guangzhou institute of Geography and the cooperation among the core institutions was less. Since 2000, the number of research themes has increased significantly and has formed diversified research hotspots. The research area has been expanded, but it is still concentrated in southern China. More cooperative teams were formed among the core authors, and the inter-team cooperation and communication were significantly enhanced. The proportion of research results of universities and other institutes has increased greatly, and cooperation between institutions has been strengthened also.

Key words: Tropical Geography, CiteSpace, Bibliometric analysis

CLC Number: 

  • K90-09