Tracking Behavioral Construct Use through Citations: A Relation Extraction Approach

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Li, Jingjing; Larsen, Kai
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The ever-increasing number of publications in the behavioral sciences has yielded a large set of behavioral theories, constructs and their relationships. In this study, we propose a novel method to discover this data set through construct-level citations. In behavioral science, the reuse, adaptation and modification of an existing behavioral construct often requires an explicit citation. However, finding the construct-level citations are not trivial, since citations are at the paper level of analysis. Based on state-of-the-art information extraction techniques, we propose an automatic construct-level citation extraction method, which consists of five steps: article crawling, article annotation, citation extraction, construct extraction and referring relation extraction. Serving as a proof-of-concept, our method is applied to a data set consisting of publication of two Information Systems journals, and is evaluated against human decisions. The initial results represent a promising opportunity of the application of our proposed method to a large set of behavioral publications.