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Int. J. Nuclear Knowledge Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2017
Global research trends in materials chemistry:
a scientometric perspective
Ganesh Surwase* and B.S. Kademani
Scientific Information Resource Division,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Mumbai 400085, India
Email: ganeshbarc@gmail.com
Email: bsk@barc.gov.in
*Corresponding author
Abstract: This paper attempts to highlight quantitatively and qualitatively
the growth and development of world literature on materials chemistry in terms
of journal papers and citations as per Scopus database. A total of 67,375 papers
and 493,098 citations received to these papers were downloaded from
Scopus database for the period 2008–2012. The objective of the study was to
perform a scientometric analysis of all materials chemistry research papers in
the world. The parameters studied include year-wise growth of papers and
citations, continent-wise distribution of papers and citations, country-wise
distribution of papers, publication efficiency index and activity index,
institute-wise distribution of papers and highly preferred journals.
Keywords: scientometrics; publication productivity; citations growth; materials
science; materials chemistry; publication efficiency index; activity index.
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Surwase, G. and
Kademani, B.S. (2017) ‘Global research trends in materials chemistry: a
scientometric perspective’, Int. J. Nuclear Knowledge Management, Vol. 7,
No. 1, pp.58–71.
Biographical notes: Ganesh Surwase (MSc IT, MLibISc) started his career as
Librarian of Vivekanand Institute of Advanced Studies in Management and
Communications Library, Aurangabad, and later on joined Scientific
Information Resource Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in
2002. He has published more than 50 research papers in various national and
international conferences and journals.
B.S. Kademani has been Scientific Officer-G, Scientific Information Resource
Division, Knowledge Management Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
India, since 1988. He has published more than 130 papers in national and
international journals. His main areas of interest are scientometrics, citation
analysis and knowledge management.
1
Introduction
Materials play an important role in the advancement of science and technology and the
human society. The development of mankind is defined in terms of advances in
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materials: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The advances in architecture
and building were possible due to the invention of a new material such as concrete. The
industrial revolution was mainly responsible in the advances and the use of materials in
the development of industrial equipments. This has led to the rapid development of the
railroads in the late 19th century and the buildings of the modern structure of the
industrial world. In the last half a century, the growth of new materials has been highly
explosive and its impact on our daily lives is visible significantly. Materials science is an
interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various
areas of science and engineering. This scientific field investigates the relationship
between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic
properties. It incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry. The emergence of
new materials and processes have totally metamorphosed the materials science field. In
recent years, materials science has become a major field of research as it is focused on
nanoscience and nanotechnology. Mankind have just begun to see the impact of materials
revolution. There is a lot of research conducted worldwide in materials science (Ortner,
2010; Kademani et al., 2013).
Materials chemistry is focussed on understanding the relationships between the
arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules comprising a material, and its overall bulk
structural/physical properties. The disciplines such as polymer, solid state, surface
chemistry would all be placed within the scope of materials chemistry (Fahlman, 2011).
Scientometrics is a discipline which analyses scientific publications and citations
appended to the papers to gain an understanding of the structure of science, growth of
science at global level, performance of a country in a particular domain, performance of
institutions, departments/divisions and scientific eminence of an individual scientist. It
also helps in knowing the information seeking behaviour of scientists and engineers by
way of identifying where they publish and what they cite. A few global studies on
materials science have been carried out. Braun et al. (1997) have carried out a study on
the growth trends in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Kademani et al. (2006) have
studied world literature on thorium using SCI as a data source. Kostoff et al. (2007) have
analysed nanotechnology and nanoscience research literature. Sagar et al. (2010) have
studied research trends in Cobalt-60 in nuclear science and technology. Kademani et al.
(2011b, 2011c) have studied research publications on zirconium related to nuclear
science and technology. Some studies in materials science in India have been carried out.
Kochhar et al. (1996) have analysed research output from Indian institutions in seven
categories of materials, namely metals and alloys, aluminium, ceramics, composites,
glass, polymers and wood as per the database developed by Indian National Scientific
Documentation Centre (INSDOC) through funding from Technology Information
Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) during 1980–1989. Mohan et al. (2003)
have studied the international collaborative papers of Indian scientists during 1995–1999
as covered by Materials Science Citation Index. Walke and Dhawan (2007) analysed the
growth of Indian publications in materials science during1993–2001 based on Science
Citation Index–Expanded Version (SCIE) of the Thomson-ISI. Mohan et al. (2010) have
highlighted quantitatively the growth and development of Indian research in the field of
nanoscience and nanotechnology in terms of publication output as reflected in Science
Citation Index (SCI) during 1982–2008. Recently, Kademani et al. (2011a) have studied
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the research and impact of materials science in India as per Web of Science for the period
1999–2008. In this paper, they have highlighted the growth of publications and citations,
relative growth rate and doubling time, domain wise distribution of publications and
citations, activity index, national and international collaboration, highly productive
institutions, highly productive authors, channels of communication, impact factor wise
distribution of publications and highly cited publications.
2
Objectives
The objective of the study was to perform a scientometric analysis of all materials
chemistry research papers in the world. The parameters studied include year-wise growth
of papers and citations, continent-wise distribution of papers and citations, country-wise
distribution of papers, publication efficiency index and activity index, institute-wise
distribution of papers and highly preferred journals.
3
Materials and methods
Data was collected from Scopus for the materials chemistry papers published during
2008–2012. It is very difficult to define the scope of materials chemistry using keywords
and combination of keywords which may not always cover the entire gamut of literature
on materials chemistry and there is always every possibility of missing some percentage
of literature. Therefore, it was decided to select all the journals on materials chemistry as
per the SciMago Journal Ranking (SJR) subject categories. SJR provides main subjects
categories and sub-categories in each main domain. A list of 70 journals was identified
falling within the scope of materials chemistry. As per SJR subject categories and all the
bibliographic details of papers from these journals and citations to these papers were
downloaded from Scopus database for the period 2008–2012. A total of 67,375 papers
and 493,098 citations received to these papers were transferred to spread sheet
application and analysed the data as per objectives of the study. The bibliographic fields
were analysed by normal count procedure for continents, countries, institutes and
journals.
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Results and discussions
4.1 Year-wise scattering of papers and citations
A total of 67,375 papers were published in materials chemistry during 2008–2012 and
these papers received 493,098 citations. Year-wise distribution of papers and citations is
given in Figure 1. The highest number of papers (14,566) were published in 2011. The
highest number of citations (162,426) were received to papers published in 2008. The
highest average citations per paper 13.12 was received to papers published in 2008.
There were 13,769 (20.44%) papers with no citations during the period under study.
A declining trend of publication was observed in 2012 which may be attributed to input
time-lag to the database. There is a declining trend of citations in materials science
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research in the world. Older papers tend to receive more citations than younger papers as
the papers require more time to be noticed by the researchers and to find the context to
cite them.
Figure 1
Year-wise scattering of papers and citations on materials chemistry (see online version
for colours)
4.2 Continent-wise scattering of papers and citations
The number and growth of materials chemistry literature in six continents of the world
during 2008–2012 is illustrated in Table 1 and Figure 2. It was observed that Asia is the
most productive continent with 38,245 (56.76%) papers and 231,822 (47.01%) citations
followed by Europe with 21,635 (32.11%) papers and 135,997 (27.58%) citations and
North America with 12,161 (18.05%) papers and 96,085 (19.49%) citations.
Table 1
Continent
Africa
Asia
Continent-wise top five countries on materials chemistry
Rank
Country
Papers
Citations
Cit./Pub.
1
Egypt
503
2575
5.12
2
South Africa
409
1694
4.14
3
Algeria
215
613
2.85
4
Tunisia
171
93
0.54
5
Morocco
110
135
1.23
1
China
16205
107967
6.66
2
Japan
5797
37290
6.43
3
India
4621
22832
4.94
4
South Korea
3770
19268
5.11
5
Iran
1829
8157
4.46
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Continent-wise top five countries on materials chemistry (continued)
Continent
Rank
Oceania
Europe
North America
South America
Country
Papers
Citations
Cit./Pub.
1
Australia
1155
15674
13.57
2
New Zealand
180
1197
6.65
3
Fiji
2
12
6.00
4
Papua New Guinea
1
13
13.00
1
Germany
5224
37603
7.20
2
France
3327
24588
7.39
3
Romania
2544
2192
0.86
4
UK
2391
9192
3.84
5
Spain
2097
8535
4.07
1
USA
10117
77227
7.63
2
Canada
1744
16733
9.59
3
Mexico
500
1863
3.73
4
Puerto Rico
30
111
3.70
5
Cuba
28
95
3.39
1
Brazil
891
4271
4.79
2
Argentina
239
1257
5.26
3
Chile
182
588
3.23
4
Venezuela
75
121
1.61
5
Colombia
51
264
5.18
Papers from Australia received the highest average number of citations per paper (12.82)
followed by North America with 7.90 average citations per paper, Europe with
6.29 average citations per paper and Asia with 6.06 average citations per paper.
Figure 2
Continent-wise scattering of papers on materials chemistry (see online version
for colours)
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It is observed from the data that although Asia is the biggest continent producing the
highest number of papers, the average citations per paper are very low when compared to
the papers from North America, Australia/ Oceania and Europe. This may be attributed to
the large number of papers published in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages not
easily understood by the rest of the world.
China is the highly productive country in Asia as well as all over the world with
16,205 (24%) papers and107,967 citations, 6.66 average citations per paper. USA is the
highly productive country in North America with 10,117 (15.02%) papers and 77,227
citations. Germany is the highly productive country in Europe with 5224 (7.75%) papers
and 37,603 citations. Table 2 provides the top five countries in each continent.
Table 2
Activity index of top 20 countries
Country/Year
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
China
0.92
0.94
0.99
1.04
1.10
USA
1.07
0.99
1.03
1.00
0.91
Japan
1.14
1.12
0.96
0.95
0.85
Germany
1.00
0.96
1.10
1.01
0.93
India
0.98
0.94
1.02
0.99
1.07
South Korea
0.94
0.93
0.97
0.96
1.20
France
1.16
0.97
1.03
0.99
0.87
Romania
0.67
1.91
1.10
0.78
0.55
UK
1.11
0.98
0.98
1.04
0.89
Spain
1.01
1.01
1.06
0.90
1.04
Iran
0.74
0.80
0.98
1.08
1.37
Russia
1.09
1.05
1.03
0.93
0.91
Italy
1.19
1.04
0.94
0.93
0.92
Canada
1.14
0.93
0.97
1.04
0.92
Taiwan
1.08
0.98
0.95
1.08
0.90
Turkey
0.95
0.91
1.09
1.04
0.99
Poland
1.15
0.95
0.91
0.97
1.04
Australia
0.98
1.06
1.05
1.03
0.89
Netherlands
1.11
1.01
0.93
1.10
0.86
Brazil
1.07
0.90
0.96
1.01
1.06
Other Countries
0.95
0.96
0.95
1.02
1.10
4.3 Country-wise scattering of papers
In all, there were 129 countries involved in research in materials chemistry which
published at least one publication each. The publication productivity of highly productive
countries (top 20) in material chemistry is given in Figure 3.
China had the highest number of papers 16,205 (24.05%) followed by the USA with
10,117 (15.02%) papers, Japan with 5797 (8.60%) papers, Germany with 5224 (7.75%)
papers, India 4621 (6.86%) papers and South Korea with 3770 (5.60%) papers.
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Figure 3
Country-wise scattering of papers on materials chemistry (see online version
for colours)
4.4 Publication Efficiency Index (PEI)
PEI was used by Guan and Ma (2007) in their studies as a measure of research quality.
It indicates whether the impact of papers published by a country in a given research field
is compatible with the research efforts. The value of PEI > 1 for a country indicates that
the impact of papers is more than the research effort devoted to it for that particular
country and vice versa. The PEI for the highly productive countries is shown in Figure 4.
PEI=
Figure 4
Total Citations  country  / Total Citations  world 
Total Publications  country  / Total Publications  world 
Publication Efficiency Index of top 20 countries (see online version for colours)
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4.5 Activity Index (AI)
AI indicates whether a country has a relatively higher or lower rate of publication in a
particular field than its overall rate of publication to the world (Schubert and Braun,
1986). In 2008 Italy had the highest AI (1.19) for publications on materials chemistry, in
2009 (1.91) and 2010 (1.10) Romania had the highest AI, and in 2011 Netherlands and in
2012 Iran had the highest AI, 1.10 and 1.37 respectively.
AI 
The share of given field in the publications of the given country
The share of the given field in the world publications
4.6 Institutes involved in research on materials chemistry
The highly productive institutes/organisations which published research papers on
materials chemistry were: National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France) with
2100 papers followed by University of California System (USA) with 685 papers;
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (China) with 681 papers; Sichuan University, Chengdu
(China) with 626 papers; Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan) with 577 papers;
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest (Romania) with 574 papers; Kyoto
University, Nishikyo ku (Japan) with 563 papers; Institute of Chemistry (CAS), Beijing
(China) with 560 papers and Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
(China) with 509 papers.
Table 3
RN
World institutes/organisations with ≥ 200 papers on materials chemistry
Institute/Organisation
Country
#Pub.
1
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
France
2100
2
University of California System
USA
685
3
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
China
681
4
Sichuan University, Chengdu
China
626
5
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo
6
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest
Japan
577
Romania
574
7
8
Kyoto University, Nishikyo ku
Japan
563
Institute of Chemistry (CAS), Beijing
China
560
9
Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
China
509
10
South China University of Technology, Guangzhou
China
482
11
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei
China
475
12
Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CAS),
Changchun
China
474
13
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
China
434
14
Jilin University, Changchun
China
419
15
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing
China
416
16
Nanjing University, Nanjing
China
412
17
Tsinghua University, Beijing
China
406
18
Fudan University, Shanghai
China
405
19
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven
Netherlands
397
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RN
World institutes/organisations with ≥ 200 papers on materials chemistry (continued)
Institute/Organisation
Country
#Pub.
China
370
China
Romania
Japan
South Korea
Russia
Japan
China
USA
Germany
China
Taiwan
Germany
359
349
347
340
339
337
331
318
317
312
308
307
Russia
296
France
Germany
Singapore
Malaysia
USA
China
China
Iran
China
Germany
USA
China
South Korea
USA
India
Romania
China
China
USA
China
South Korea
Turkey
USA
286
285
284
277
277
275
272
266
264
262
260
259
258
257
253
253
252
251
250
249
249
235
235
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
East China University of Science and Technology,
Shanghai
Soochow University, Suzhou
Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Osaka University, Osaka
Seoul National University , Seoul
Moscow State University, Moscow
University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Nankai University, Tianjin
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Mainz
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
National Taiwan University, Taipei
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden
AN Nesmeyanov Institute of OrganoElement Compounds,
Moscow
University of Lyon 1, Villeurbanne
University of Jena, Jena
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
University of Akron, Akron
Shandong University, Jinan
College of Polymer Science Engineering, Chengdu
Islamic Azad University, Tehran
Donghua University, Shanghai
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz
University of North Carolina, Raleigh
Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
Hanyang University, Seoul
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi
College of Chemistry, Changchun
Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Peking University, Beijing
Korea Advanced Institute of Science Technology, Daejeon
Istanbul Technical University, Maslak
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
57
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian
China
234
58
Tianjin University, Tianjin
China
230
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
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World institutes/organisations with ≥ 200 papers on materials chemistry (continued)
RN
Institute/Organisation
Country
#Pub.
59
60
Iran Polymer Petrochemical Institute, Tehran
Iran
228
University of Wisconsin, Madison
USA
228
61
College of Chemistry, Suzhou
62
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe
63
National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu
64
Dutch Polymer Institute, Eindhoven
65
University of New South Wales, Sydney
66
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
67
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen
Germany
217
68
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Singapore
217
China
227
Germany
226
Taiwan
223
Netherlands
221
Australia
218
USA
218
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National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
70
Wuhan University, Wuhan
Mexico
215
China
214
71
Pusan National University, Busan
72
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science
Technology, Tsukuba
South Korea
214
Japan
213
73
University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth
Germany
212
74
Sung Kyun Kwan University, Suwon
75
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven
South Korea
211
Belgium
210
76
Fujian Institute of Research on Structure of Matter, Fuzhou
China
210
77
Unite Mixte de Recherche (UMR), Paris
France
210
78
Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran
79
Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xian
Iran
210
China
208
80
Yonsei University, Seoul
81
Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, Paris
South Korea
206
France
205
82
Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao
China
204
83
Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou
China
202
84
Lanzhou University, Lanzhou
China
201
4.7 Journals preferred by materials chemists for scholarly communication
The scientific literature on materials chemistry is spread over 70 different journals.
Table 4 gives journals each with number of papers and number of citations received to
them. For scientists, such information could be valuable with respect to the selection of
the appropriate journals for publishing their own results. More than 50% of the papers are
published in only 12 key journals, i.e. Macromolecules with 7134 articles, Materials
Chemistry and Physics with 4197 articles, Chemistry of Materials with 3870 articles,
Inorganica Chimica Acta with 3273 articles, Journal of Polymer Science Part A with
3172 articles, Polyhedron with 2573 articles, Carbon with 2522 articles, Materials
Research Bulletin with 2442 articles, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry with 2405
articles, Biomacromolecules with 2331 articles, Inorganic Chemistry Communications
with 2098 articles and Metalurgia International with 2006 articles.
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Table 4
Journals in materials chemistry with papers and citations
SN Journal
#Papers %Papers
#Cit.
%Cit.
1
Macromolecules
7134
10.59
99338
20.15
2
Materials Chemistry and Physics
4197
6.23
26608
5.40
3
Chemistry of Materials
3870
5.74
84326
17.10
4
Inorganica Chimica Acta
3273
4.86
17777
3.61
5
Journal of Polymer Science, Part A
3172
4.71
32704
6.63
6
Polyhedron
2573
3.82
14874
3.02
7
Carbon
2522
3.74
33128
6.72
8
Materials Research Bulletin
2442
3.62
12996
2.64
9
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
2405
3.57
15636
3.17
10 Biomacromolecules
2331
3.46
33985
6.89
11 Inorganic Chemistry Communications
2098
3.11
10534
2.14
12 Metalurgia International
2006
2.98
747
0.15
13 Polymer Engineering and Science
1438
2.13
5900
1.20
14 Macromolecular Symposia
1302
1.93
2619
0.53
15 Macromolecular Rapid Communications
1281
1.90
15564
3.16
16 Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
1264
1.88
7995
1.62
17 Polymer Composites
1140
1.69
4206
0.85
18 Journal of Polymer Science, Part B
1119
1.66
6879
1.40
19 Polymer - Plastics Technology and Engineering
1071
1.59
3531
0.72
20 International Journal of Materials Research
1019
1.51
2289
0.46
21 Polymer Bulletin
979
1.45
3391
0.69
22 Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
978
1.45
2719
0.55
23 Acta Polymerica Sinica
965
1.43
957
0.19
24 Colloid and Polymer Science
948
1.41
5624
1.14
25 Macromolecular Research
862
1.28
3095
0.63
26 Polymer Journal
795
1.18
2813
0.57
27 Journal of Polymer Research
769
1.14
2643
0.54
28 Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A
755
1.12
1874
0.38
29 Macromolecular Bioscience
736
1.09
6920
1.40
30 Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B
691
1.03
1211
0.25
Journal of Photopolymer Science and
Technology
666
0.99
1482
0.30
32 Polymer Science - Series A
665
0.99
900
0.18
Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic
33
Polymers and Materials
561
0.83
1671
0.34
34 Applied Organometallic Chemistry
555
0.82
2816
0.57
35 Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
549
0.81
3284
0.67
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Journals in materials chemistry with papers and citations (continued)
SN Journal
36
69
Chinese Journal of Polymer Science (English
Edition)
#Papers %Papers
#Cit.
%Cit.
495
0.73
1111
0.23
37 Polymer (Korea)
495
0.73
484
0.10
38 Polimery/Polymers
486
0.72
662
0.13
39 Express Polymer Letters
467
0.69
2826
0.57
40 Iranian Polymer Journal (English Edition)
425
0.63
1424
0.29
41 Polymers and Polymer Composites
423
0.63
445
0.09
42 Polymer Science - Series B
366
0.54
278
0.06
43 UPB Scientific Bulletin, Series B
335
0.50
203
0.04
44 Plastics, Rubber and Composites
330
0.49
575
0.12
45 High Performance Polymers
306
0.45
671
0.14
46 China Foundry
295
0.44
221
0.04
47 International Polymer Processing
265
0.39
388
0.08
International Journal of Polymer Analysis and
48
Characterization
248
0.37
751
0.15
49 Journal of Polymer Engineering
248
0.37
230
0.05
50 Macromolecular Theory and Simulations
247
0.37
953
0.19
Physics and Chemistry of Glasses: European
51
Journal of Glass Science and Technology B
235
0.35
410
0.08
52 Designed Monomers and Polymers
216
0.32
746
0.15
53 Journal of Polymer Materials
213
0.32
174
0.04
54 Advances in Polymer Science
211
0.31
2540
0.52
55 Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers
207
0.31
1475
0.30
Glass Technology: European Journal of Glass
56
Science and Technology Part A
181
0.27
317
0.06
57 Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology
178
0.26
474
0.10
58 Rubber Chemistry and Technology
178
0.26
425
0.09
59 Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics
154
0.23
220
0.04
60 Journal of Elastomers and Plastics
143
0.21
253
0.05
61 Advances in Polymer Technology
138
0.20
344
0.07
62 Annales de Chimie: Science des Materiaux
137
0.20
82
0.02
63 Journal of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B
131
0.19
294
0.06
64 Main Group Chemistry
130
0.19
231
0.05
65 Journal of Cellular Plastics
125
0.19
383
0.08
66 X-ray Structure Analysis Online
91
0.14
59
0.01
67 Studies in Interface Science
40
0.06
1
0.00
68 Liquid Crystals Today
39
0.06
17
0.00
69 Progress in Solid State Chemistry
36
0.05
394
0.08
70 Interface Science and Technology
30
0.04
1
0.00
70
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G. Surwase and B.S. Kademani
Conclusion
Publications are the essential method of scientific communication and important outputs
of research activities. The peer review process is the most important evaluation method
of publishing activities but during the last few years, scientometric analyses of the
publishing activities have established their position in the evaluation of the national and
international impact and visibility of the scientific work and can be used parallel to the
peer review. The present work explores the characteristics of global materials chemistry
research published during 2008–2012 and indexed in Scopus database. The study reveals
that an exponential growth of literature which reflects the extensive worldwide study on
materials science. As per Scopus database, a total of 67,375 papers were published in
materials chemistry which received 493,098 citations. The highest number of papers was
14,566 published in 2011 and the highest number of citations was 162,426 received to
articles published in 2008. The highest numbers of papers (56.76%) were published from
Asian countries followed by Europe and North America. China is a highly productive
country in Asia as well as all over the world, followed by the USA, Japan, Germany,
India and South Korea.
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