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Investigating methods and applications of citation context analysis

Traditionally, scientometric/text-mining approaches have treated the content of scientific articles and their citations as distinct units of analysis. The term “citation context” refers to an approach where citations to are not simply counted but where the texts around them are taken into account in order to understand and exploit the motivations and knowledge underpinning citing behaviour. Previous work, for instance, has used citation contexts to enrich term vectors for article clustering (Aljibar et al., 2010). Other work has measured the proximity and order of appearance of citations within documents as a means of recommending related work (e.g. Gipp & Beel, 2009) and enriching co-citation analysis in other applications (Callahan et al., 2010). As scientific article and citation data become more open, there are many opportunities to investigate problems and applications in this under-researched area. We invite applications from candidates with an interest in citation context analysis or closely related areas.

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