Detecting the historical roots of tribology research: a bibliometric analysis

@article{Elango2016DetectingTH,
  title={Detecting the historical roots of tribology research: a bibliometric analysis},
  author={B. Elango and L. Bornmann and Govindaraju Kannan},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2016},
  volume={107},
  pages={305-313}
}
In this study, the historical roots of tribology (a sub-field of mechanical engineering and materials science) are investigated using a newly developed scientometric method called “Reference Publication Year Spectroscopy (RPYS)”. The study is based on cited references (n = 577,472) in tribology research publications (n = 24,086). The Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCI-E) is used as data source. The results show that RPYS has the potential to identify the important publications: Most of the… Expand
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