The State of the Art in Blockchain Research (2013–2018): Scientometrics of the Related Papers in Web of Science and Scopus
Blockchain is relatively a new technology that takes its roots from a distributed data structure shared on a decentralized network. Although the first attempts of the blockchain technology started in developing cryptocurrencies, this technology has provided opportunities for other fields related to the management of security issues and shared resources. Thus, studies on various aspects of the blockchain technology have formed a growing trend in the related literature. The objective of this chapter is to present the current trends, statistics, and relationships from the growing body of literature on blockchain technology. This research is supported by scientometrics, which is the methodology used to analyze data extracted from online scientific databases to obtain the major trends, research agendas, demographics, particular metrics, networks, and understand leading topics. This research is based on papers published in the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus databases between 2013 and 2018. The intent of this research is to shed light on the holistic view of blockchain literature and to support the researchers and practitioners in this field.
KeywordsBlockchain research Scientometrics Co-authorships Bibliographic coupling Co-occurrence analysis
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