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How to identify research groups using publication analysis: an example in the field of nanotechnology


  • Clara Calero

    (Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), University of Leiden)

  • Renald Buter

    (Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), University of Leiden)

  • Cecilia Cabello Valdés

    (Fundación Espa?ola para la Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT))

  • Ed Noyons

    (Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), University of Leiden)


Summary We present a new bibliometric approach to identify research groups in a particular research field. With a combination of bibliometric mapping techniques and network analysis we identify and classify clusters of authors to represent research groups. In this paper we illustrate the application and potential of this approach and present two types of outcomes: actual research groups and potential research groups. The former enables us to define research groups beyond the organizational structure. The latter may be used to identify potential partners for collaboration. Our approach is a starting point to deal with the complex issue of research groups in a changing structure of scientific research.

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  • Clara Calero & Renald Buter & Cecilia Cabello Valdés & Ed Noyons, 2006. "How to identify research groups using publication analysis: an example in the field of nanotechnology," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 66(2), pages 365-376, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:66:y:2006:i:2:d:10.1007_s11192-006-0026-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-006-0026-z

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