PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (4): 451-464.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.04.001

• Special Column: Young Geographer Forum •     Next Articles

Innovation and integration of geographic research promoted by the Young Scientist Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China

Wenjie FAN1(), Xizhang GAO2, Shuying LENG3,*()   

  1. 1. Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2018-02-26 Revised:2018-04-12 Online:2018-04-20 Published:2018-04-20
  • Contact: Shuying LENG;;。


This study focused on the Young Scientist Fund in geography supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) from 1987 to 2016. Using bibliometrics analysis method, keywords frequency was analyzed and compared with the NSFC general projects in the same period by the four sub-disciplines of geography—physical geography, human geography, geographic information science, and environmental geography. Change of research characteristics and selected topics were also tracked. Seven representative keywords were chosen to study the change of topics in these cutting-edge research areas. The growth of young scholars was analyzed through their follow-up funding from the NSFC. This study shows that from 1987, the Young Scientist Fund project topics have been at the frontier of the study on the patterns and processes of the land surface environment and human economic system. Technological innovation was the main driving force of the Young Scientist Fund projects in geography. The research continued to be quantitative and innovative and the topics were gradually expanded to be integrative. The Young Scientist Fund has significantly promoted technological and theoretical innovations of geography in China.

Key words: National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Scientist Fund, geography, key words, bibliometrics analysis method