Research performance and trends of fluorescent carbon nanoparticles: a science citation index expanded-based analysis

  • Sheng-Tao Yang
  • Yuh-Shan HoEmail author


A bibliometric approach to assess publication performances and trends in fluorescent carbon nanoparticle research using literatures in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) has been carried out. In order to ensure that these documents were related to fluorescent carbon nanoparticles, the filter, paper “front page” criteria were applied. Documents were analyzed, including document type and language of publication, publication trends, Web of Science categories and journals, publication of countries/regions and institutions, high impact and highly cited articles, and research hotspots and their trends. The total citations from Web of Science Core Collection since publication to the end of the most recent year and the total citations in the most recent year only were used to evaluate highly cited articles and high impact. Results found that the number of publications dramatically increased after 2011. Two Web of Science categories of multidisciplinary such as materials science and chemistry constituted the most of articles. RSC Advances was the most popular journal. Domination in publication is surprising from China and India. The top ten highly cited articles were the same as the top ten high-impact articles. Based on results of word analysis, word cluster was applied to hotspot and trend studies.


Bibliometric Front page Web of science Carbon dots Graphene quantum dots Fluorescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State College of Chemistry and Environment Protection EngineeringSouthwest Minzu UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Trend Research CentreAsia UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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