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Article

Social Network Analysis as a Field of Invasions: Bibliographic Approach to Study SNA Development

Scientometrics. 2019. P. 1-38.

In this paper, the results of a study on the development of social network analysis (SNA) and
its evolution over time, using the analysis of bibliographic networks are presented. The dataset
consists of articles from the Web of Science Clarivate Analytics database obtained by searching
for the keyword “social network*” and those published in the main journals in the field (in total
70,000+ publications). From the data, we constructed several networks. In this paper, the focus
is on the analysis of the citation network. Analyzing the obtained network, we evaluated the SNA
field’s growth and identified the most cited works. Using the normalized Search path count weights,
we extracted the main path, key-route paths, and link islands in the citation network. Based on
the probabilistic flow node values, we also identified the most important articles. Our results show
that the number of published papers almost doubles each 3 years. We confirmed the finding that
the authors from the social sciences, who were most active through the whole history of the field
development, experienced the “invasion” of physicists from the 2000s. However, starting from the
2010s, a new very active group of animal social network analysts took the leading position.