Quality & Quantity

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Unmanned aerial vehicles research in Scopus: an analysis and visualization of publication activity and research collaboration at the country level

  • Maxim KotsemirEmail author


This article proposes a global bibliometric overview of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) publications in the Scopus database during 1985–2015 at the country level. The article is structured as follows. The first section provides an introduction and overview of papers on the publication and patent activity in field of UAVs. Section two describes the methodological framework of the study. Section three provides an overview of co-publication activity in UAV research. Section four is devoted to an analysis of patterns of international collaboration in field of UAV research in Scopus. Finally, section five concludes the paper by summarizing the key findings from the analysis and illustrating the implications from the analysis and offering proposals for possible further developments in the field. This study uses a wide set of bibliometric indicators and network metrics for measuring different aspects of publication activity and citation levels as well as cross-country research collaboration on UAVs. In order to illustrate country-to-country research collaboration maps NodeXL software was applied.


Unmanned aerial vehicles Aviation Bibliometric analysis International collaboration 



The research leading to these results was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Project ID: RFMEFI60217X0021). The author is grateful to Fuad Aleskerov and Sergey Shvydun from National Research University Higher School of Economics for their help in calculation of centrality measures for cross-country collaboration network in UAV research in Scopus.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quantitative Modelling Unit, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of KnowledgeNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussian Federation

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