Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The)

A quantitative review of index compilation and indexing-related research in China in the twenty-first century (2000–17)

Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The) (2020), 38, (2), 143

Abstract

Bibliometrics and quantitative analysis were used to analyse the characteristics of China’s index compilation and index research in the beginning of the twenty-first century. First, this article explains the origin and expected goals of index compilation and research proposals in this new century, and gives an account of data sources and the selection process. This is followed by a detailed statistical analysis of current index compilation and achievements in the new century. The author believes that the number of back-of-book indexes in China has increased and that their quality has generally improved. The compilation and summary of indexed books for independent publications have been outstanding. The number of indexed works published has been insufficient for more than a decade. In aspects like indexing type, the index object literature, the subject content reflected by the index, and the distribution of index compilers and index-publishing units, they have formed their own characteristics. In terms of index research, it is pointed out that China Index as the first platform for index research has contributed to the development of China’s indexing industry. The research papers published in China Index and in non-index journals were analysed in terms of the number and characteristics of the publications, the presentation of high-frequency words and semantic network diagrams, research topic cluster analysis, the authors’ statistics and the formation of core authors. Finally, representative figures and indexed works of Chinese indexing and research are summarized.

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Yanxiang, Wang