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Volume 86, Issue 7


Bibliometric analysis of research on secondary organic aerosols: Update

Jinfeng Li
  • Department of Radiation Safety, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing, China
  • College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China
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/ Yuanhang Zhang / Glenda Herjavić / Paul H. Wine
  • School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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/ Leo Klasinc
Published Online: 2014-04-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0204


This study was conceived to evaluate the global scientific output of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) research and to assess the characteristics of the research patterns, tendencies, and methods in the papers. Data were based on the online version of Science Citation Index Expanded from 1990 to 2013. Publications referring to SOA were assessed by distribution of the number of publications and times cited, source journals, h-index, and the most cited publications in these years. By synthetic analysis of author keywords, KeyWords Plus, titles, and abstracts, it was concluded that modeling is currently and will at least over the next decade continue to be the predominant research method to validate state-of-the-art knowledge of SOA, and that the foci of SOA research will be the key precursors terpenes, isoprene, and dicarbonyls; the mechanisms of oxidation and aqueous-phase reactions; emission inventories; and chemical composition. Recent years show growing interest for research on health effects.

Keywords: bibliometrics; carbon compounds; environmental chemistry; IUPAC Congress-44; oxidation; photodegradation; research trends; secondary organic aerosol; word cluster analysis

Article note: A collection of invited papers based on presentations on the Environmental Chemistry theme at the 44th IUPAC Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 11–16 August 2013.


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Corresponding author: Leo Klasinc, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia, e-mail:

Published Online: 2014-04-04

Published in Print: 2014-07-22

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 86, Issue 7, Pages 1169–1175, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0204.

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