—To explore the intellectual structure of nursing
leadership research in the last decade, the most crucial
publications, most influential scholars, as well as the
correlations among the publications of these scholars were
identified. In this study, bibliometric techniques (citation
analysis and cocitation analysis) were used to investigate the
intellectual pillars of nursing leadership literature. By
analyzing 92 394 citations of 1317 articles regarding nursing
leadership published from 2003 to 2012 obtained from the
Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index
databases, a knowledge network of nursing leadership studies
was mapped. The mapping results can be used to help identify
the direction of nursing leadership research and provide a
valuable tool for researchers to access the literature in this field.
—Bibliometric technique, factor analysis,
nursing leadership, timeline.
Yuan-Duen Lee, Shih-Hao Chen, and Jen-Hwa Kuo are with the
Graduate School of Business and Operations Management of the Chang Jung
Christian University in Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hui-Lin Chou is with Department at Yang Ming Hospital (e-mail:
Cite: Yuan-Duen Lee, Shih-Hao Chen, Jen-Hwa Kuo, and Hui-Lin Chou, "The Status of Nursing Leadership Studies:
Its Invisible Network of Knowledge," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 157-162, 2014.