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Keywords:

  • bibliometric;
  • publication trends;
  • social psychology

The growth of social psychology in Asia from 1970 to 2008 was examined through a bibliometric analysis of articles in the ISI Web of Science database that listed Asian-based authors. The 1866 articles have appeared at an accelerating rate, and represent a rapidly-growing share of global publications in the field. Publication trajectories of different Asian nations show the Indian first wave, Hong Kong and Japan's second wave, and China and Taiwan's third wave of growth. Trends in the rates of Asian first authorship, single-nation authorship, and cross-cultural research suggest that Asian social psychology is increasingly more autonomous and distinctive.