Fake News and Related Concepts: Definitions and Recent Research Development


  • Chih-Chien Wang National Taipei University, Taiwan




Fake News, False News, Disinformation, Misinformation, Bibliometrics


Fake news is an emerging field of research that attracts much attention from academic communities as well as mass media practitioners. However, the concept of fake news is still ambiguous, and the boundary between the definition of fake news and other relative concepts, such as news satire, yellow journalism, junk news, pseudo-news, hoax news, propaganda news, advertorial, false information, fake information, misinformation, disinformation, mal-information, alternative fact, and post-truth is blurred. The present study aims to identify the meanings of fake news and other related concepts, and explore the recent trend of research on them. By searching the journals listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded) database, the present study found 387 articles on fake news. Through analyzing these articles, the present study maps the trend and reveals the highly influential research articles, as well as theories and concepts that are used. The results may provide fundamental insights into the development of research on fake news in recent years.

Author Biography

Chih-Chien Wang, National Taipei University, Taiwan

Prof. Chih-Chien Wang is currently a distinguished professor at the Graduate Institute of Information Management, National Taipei University, Taiwan. He has authored and co-authored several textbooks and more than one hundred journal and conference papers. His research interests are in the areas of fake news, anti-spammer, electronic commerce, internet marketing, cyber society, and online behavior.




How to Cite

Wang, C.-C. (2020). Fake News and Related Concepts: Definitions and Recent Research Development. Contemporary Management Research, 16(3), 145–174. https://doi.org/10.7903/cmr.20677



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