Global trends and visualization of knowledge organization reflected in the domain of LIS research

a bibliometric landscape


  • Ziaur Rahman Assistant Professor


Knowledge Organization, Knowledge Organization System, Bibliometrics, Trend Analysis, Factor Analysis, Research Output


This paper examines global trends and visualization in Knowledge Organization research, concentrating in particular on the literature that has appeared in journal articles, editorial materials, conference proceeding, during 2001 to 2020. Data for this study was assembled from Web of Science (WoS) web database, Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E). The query of searching were “Knowledge Organization” OR “Organization of Knowledge” OR “Organization of Information” OR” Information Organization.” In total, 3909 documents were retrieved and analyzed by various bibliometric metrices, and appropriate data presentation tools were planned by using Biblioshiny, HistCite, Citespace and VOSviewer software. Taken as a whole, the preliminary results that the content of Knowledge Organization literature has shifted since the advent web based environment. To provide deeper picture of the KO publishing and citation trends different bibliometric parameter were used to explore the leading countries, authorship, organizations, topics, and collaborations. Results found that the countries with relatively higher impact journals were USA followed by England and Canada. Among organizations, National University Singapore (Singapore) was found leading impact indices. Hjorland B. was found as most productive author.  Among journals, “The Journal of Knowledge Management” contributed the most publications. ‘Knowledge Management’ was the most frequently and representative authors keyword, Three-Factor Analysis (Country, Keyword and Organization) showed top three keywords (‘Knowledge Management’, ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Knowledge Sharing’) had strong relation with top 10 countries and Organizations. Country collaboration showed a major collaboration between the fringes of USA and emerged as leading collaborator with China. Study findings from this paper can benefit researchers and others interested in learning and visualizing trends to plan with better informed decision.