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The report explores the utility of a variety of bibliometric tools and approaches for exploring research activity in the field of engineered biocatalysts with particular attention to identifying research hot spots. Bibliometrics uses counts of publications, patents, citations and other written or media items to create indicators of scientific and technological activities. Our bibliometric analyses show that whilst many themes of enzyme research are active and hot areas, and closely linked to other research fields such as protein structure, our designated target field of engineered enzymes is not as hot as many of the other identified enzyme themes, Further, whilst we have been able to identify linkages with industrial enzyme themes these themes do not appear to be as hot as many of the basic enzyme structure and function themes. Finally, the report proposes a novel approach to hot-spot definition and identification which allows strategic diagrams of specific research themes to be made for enriching policy analysis.

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Authors: ROTHMAN H, University of the West of England, Bristol (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17342 EN (1997) 42pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199711131 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en