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Textual analysis and the history of scholarly communication
Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2017)
  • Shawn Martin
Abstract
This paper uses topic modeling and statistical analysis of keywords within early American scientific journals in order to better understand the professionalization of American science in the late 19th century. The Journal of the American Chemical Society was one of the first professional scientific journals developed in the United States and analyzing its content may help to understand the professional concerns of 19th century American scientists. How did these early scientists view their profession? What did chemists see as the most important scientific issues of their time? By using computational and statistical analysis of the first 40 years (1879–1922) of the journal, it becomes clear that the professionalization of chemistry took roughly 20 years and had much to do with external factors affecting science in the United States.
Keywords
  • scholarly communication,
  • topic modeling,
  • history of chemistry
Publication Date
October 24, 2017
Citation Information
Shawn Martin. "Textual analysis and the history of scholarly communication" Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol. 54 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 752 - 753
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shawnmar/32/