Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Zao LiuFollow

Date of this Version

Summer 8-9-2022


The purpose of this study was to conduct a bibliometric analysis of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) research in library and information science journals in Web of Science. Two hundred and fifty-eight journal articles related to RDA were extracted from Web of Science for analysis for the period between 2006 and 2020. A descriptive analysis of the most productive authors, institutions, countries, and journals and the most cited authors was conducted. To illuminate the major themes, the selected articles were also subjected to a co-word analysis and a document co-citation analysis using the visualization tool VOSviewer. The co-word analysis revealed five clusters of themes: (1) RDA implementation, (2) RDA and other metadata standards and technologies, (3) RDA and FRBR, FRAD and ISBD, (4) RDA and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, (5) RDA and descriptive cataloging, authority control, catalogers, and training. The document co-citation analysis identified two distinctive clusters of themes: RDA testing, training and implementation, and RDA and FRBR-related conceptual models. An analysis of the temporal evolution of the themes showed that other metadata standards and technologies, especially linked data, and Bibframe, received more attention in recent years.