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New bibliometric map of marine microplastics research

2014.09.01

New bibliometric map of marine microplastics research

Research on microplastics pollution is expanding. A bibliometric study by JPI Oceans revealed a map of strong national research clusters connected in international and global networks.

Microplastic particles extracted from marine sediments in Belgium. Credit: Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe, GhEnToxLab, UGent

The study was performed as a scoping tool connected to the JPI Oceans' activities on marine microplastics pollution, a research field which receives increasing attention.  The JPI Oceans' microplastics pilot action was initiated by Germany, and approved by the JPI Oceans Management Board. A selected group of excellent European researchers in the field were involved in scoping of the activities and proposing a research plan. The bibliometric study confirmed important roles of European researchers in the global networks of microplastics research, involving North- and South America, Asia and Australia. Leading institutions were mapped, and altogether the report provides a baseline setting for further monitoring of the expanding research field.

As JPI Oceans is broad and addresses cross-cutting issues, the use of bibliometry for mapping and monitoring of broader or narrower research fields is proposed as a method to identify new and emerging technologies and fields. In addition, bibliometry represents an example of specific tools for mapping and gap analysis in defined areas, such as: baseline setting, continuous monitoring and mapping of researchers, institutions and collaborative networks. Thus bibliometry represents a useful methodology in the tool box of JPI Oceans in its longer term strategic work and planning.

In general bibliometric mapping provides a flexible and targeted tool to study trends in a research field, identify research institutions and global hot-spots in particular fields. Furthermore, it is a tool for monitoring and evaluation of research fields, activities and actors which is less resource demanding than other mapping methods.

More information:

  • Presentation and data sheets: Bibliometric assessment of research activities related to microplastics marine pollution (PDF).

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