A comparison of the output performance on the study of microbial extracellular polymeric substances between mainland china and other countries by bibliometric methods

Lanhai Li, Qing Long Fu*, Varenyam Achal

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Abstract

Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are of increasing interest in environmental science because of their important role in biological wastewater treatment as well as biogeochemistry of metals and organic carbon. Lots of papers on the topic of EPS have been published by authors from diverse countries or territories including Mainland China. However, a systematic analysis of the research progress of EPS is still not available. In the present study, a comparison of EPS research between Mainland China and other countries was conducted by bibliometric methods based on Web of Science database. The number of papers was increasing with publish year, and dominating research articles were in English language. Five research organizations of Mainland China and four authors were listed in the top 20 most productive institutions and top 10 most productive authors, respectively. However, the performance of Mainland China's average citation per item (ACI) and Mainland China authors' ACI, H-index, and h-index were relatively poor. The gap between Mainland China and developed countries was still large in scientific research of EPS. Results indicate that Chinese authors should focus more on high quality work of EPS, and excellent journals from Mainland China are expected. Government and authors should pay more attention to promote Mainland China's research work related to EPS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-895
Number of pages8
JournalFresenius Environmental Bulletin
Volume24
Issue number3A
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS)
  • Output performance
  • Web of Science (WOS)

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