The : Using Citation Network Analysis to Understand Research Domains, Collaborations, and Grant CompetitivenessPsychology of Men and Masculinities: Using Citation Network Analysis to Understand Research Domains, Collaborations, and Grant Competitiveness

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Abstract

Citation network analysis is a powerful tool to understand a research area. Citation networks differ from traditional content analyses in that, instead of coding articles based on declared features, citation network analysis groups articles into clusters based on citations, representing how the field is constructed by its scholars and how areas of work coalesce or diverge. This approach allows for examination of emergent rather than declared topic areas and assessment of interrelatedness of content areas. Further, citation network analyses can be augmented through integration of other data, such as patterns of collaboration or grant funding. The present study undertook a citation network analysis of research published within Psychology of Men and Masculinity (PMM), augmented with a coauthorship network and an analysis of grant funding for research within PMM. The citation network analysis suggested dominant domains (e.g., gender role norms and body image) and smaller domains (e.g., fatherhood) of focus in PMM. Analysis of the network suggests areas for development of novel work, and analysis of individual clusters suggests how topic areas have shifted in emphasis over time. The coauthorship network indicates scholars who are prolific collaborators in PMM publications. Finally, integration of grant funding data was used to demonstrate which clusters of research have generated grant funding and can help to guide topic areas toward fundability. The present analysis offers an updated view of the state of research in PMM and may be useful to scholars in the field of men and masculinities in planning research, collaborations, and grant applications.

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