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Ahmad M.O., Raulamo-Jurvanen P. (2020) Scientific Collaboration, Citation and Topic Analysis of International Conference on Agile Software Development Papers. In: Przybyłek A., Morales-Trujillo M. (eds) Advances in Agile and User-Centred Software Engineering. LASD 2019, MIDI 2019. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 376. Springer, Cham.

Scientific collaboration, citation and topic analysis of international conference on agile software development papers

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Author: Ahmad, Muhammad Ovais1,2; Raulamo-Jurvanen, Päivi3
Organizations: 1Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Karlstad University, Sweden
2Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
3M3S Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-20


The International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP) was established almost sixteen years ago. Based on data from Scopus database, a total of 789 papers have been published in between years of 2002 and 2018. We employed bibliometrics analysis and topic modeling with R/RStudio to analyze these published papers from various dimensions, including the most active authors, collaboration of authorship, most cited papers, used keywords and trends of probable topics from the titles and abstracts of those papers. The results show that the first five years of XP conference cover nearly 40% of the papers published until now and almost 62% of the XP papers have been cited at least once. Mining of XP conference paper titles and abstracts result in these hot research topics: “Coordination”, “Technical Debt”, “Teamwork”, “Startups” and “Agile Practices”, thus strongly focusing on practical issues and problems faced by the practitioners in the industry. The results highlight the most influential researchers and institutions, and the collaboration between the authors in the conference papers. The approach applied in this study can be extended to other software engineering venues and can be applied to large-scale studies.

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Series: Lecture notes in business information processing
ISSN: 1865-1348
ISSN-E: 1865-1356
ISSN-L: 1865-1348
ISBN: 978-3-030-37534-8
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-37533-1
Pages: 108 - 132
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37534-8_6
Host publication: Advances in Agile and User-Centred Software Engineering. LASD 2019, MIDI 2019
Host publication editor: Przybyłek, Adam
Ehécatl Morales-Trujillo, Miguel
Conference: International Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development
Type of Publication: B3 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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