Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) As A Fast-Emerging Research Paradigm: A Bibliometric Study On CDA Publication Productivity


  • Tooba Ahmed
  • Shahid Kalim Khan
  • Muhammad Tariq
  • Fasiha Altaf


Purpose: Discourse analysis has gained considerable fame and draws the attention of various researchers to work on it. Therefore, it is significant to recognize the level of research productivity in the field of critical/discourse analysis and to identify the connections and collaborations among the researchers.

Design/Method/Approach: The researchers conducted bibliometric analysis and visualization techniques to achieve the research objectives. The data was derived from the Web of Science (WoS) on January 15, 2023, using "Discourse Analysis" as a keyword and adding the years 2001 to 2022 in the software. Resultantly, a total of 4603 citations were retrieved from the database, and after critical evaluation and scrutiny, 4600 citations were finalized for data analysis. The main points explored were authorship, types of publications, authors’ collaborations, journal ranking, and current trends. VOSviewer, Biblioshiny, and MS Excel software were used to analyze the data.

Findings: Articles are the most published type of documents, and the authors’ collaborations are mounting in different geographical locations like the USA, England, Australia, Canada, Spain, Germany, and China. Language, health, policy, media, management, and knowledge are the cutting-edge areas in discourse analysis.

Originality/value: The findings of the study reflect the diachronic progress in the field of applied linguistics with respect to its social and cultural aspects. It also highlights sociocultural development and offers valuable insights into the next CL research. This study also illustrates the latest trends in discourse analysis research. Numerous venues emerge for research collaboration among the researchers, and it will benefit novice researchers.




How to Cite

Ahmed, T. ., Khan, S. K. ., Tariq, M. ., & Altaf, F. . (2024). Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) As A Fast-Emerging Research Paradigm: A Bibliometric Study On CDA Publication Productivity. Migration Letters, 21(S8), 385–396. Retrieved from