40 years of Language Studies: A Bibliometric Study of Research Articles in Taiwan
Keywords: Keyword analysis, research trends, concordance, EFL, ESL
Lunghwa University of Science and Technology,
Dr. Gregory Ching; a Philippine national, is the recipient of the Taiwan Scholarship for three consecutive years (2007-2009), a scholarship given to international PhD students studying in Taiwan. His current research interests include discourse analysis, higher education issues, student engagement, cross-cultural adaptability, work ethics, bibliometrics, and gender studies.
Recent technological advantage and widespread accessibility to the internet have greatly changed how educators and researchers conduct their studies. In addition, the availability of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge website has further abridged researchers’ access to published articles of interest. In Taiwan, a rise in emphasis on publications indexed in the ISI Web of Science citation database was clearly observed. However, practical applications of such information have not yet been fully explored. In response, this paper details a bibliometric analysis of the 40 years of language and linguistics research in Taiwan. Bibliometric information was downloaded from the ISI Web of Science citation database. A total of 335 articles whose ISI Web of Science categorized under the subject language and linguistics, and has a registered institution coming from Taiwan are downloaded and analyzed. Findings suggest that knowledge production is governed to a rising scale through practices based on market-like operations. Furthermore, newer articles tend to have a statistically significant higher numbers of author provided keywords and ISI Web of Science provided keywords, and a higher number of references. However, older articles still exhibit a statistically significant higher citation rating. Journal and keyword analysis is also provided to further depict the publication landscape in the field of language and linguistics in Taiwan.