Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 193–213

The seminal literature of nanotechnology research

  • Ronald N. Kostoff
  • James S. Murday
  • Clifford G.Y. Lau
  • William M. Tolles
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-005-9034-9

Cite this article as:
Kostoff, R.N., Murday, J.S., Lau, C.G. et al. J Nanopart Res (2006) 8: 193. doi:10.1007/s11051-005-9034-9

Abstract

A generally weak area in research papers, reports, and reviews is the complete identification of seminal background documents that formed the building blocks for these papers. A method for systematically determining these seminal references is presented. Citation-assisted background (CAB) is based on the assumption that seminal documents tend to be highly cited. Application of CAB to the field of nanotechnology research is presented. While CAB is a highly systematic approach for identifying seminal references, it serves as a supplement and is not a substitute for the judgment of the authors

Keywords

nanotechnology nanoscience nanotubes quantum dots nanoparticles nanomaterials self-assembly citation analysis citation-assisted background literature survey literature review 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald N. Kostoff
    • 1
  • James S. Murday
    • 1
    • 2
  • Clifford G.Y. Lau
    • 1
    • 3
  • William M. Tolles
    • 4
  1. 1.Office of Naval ResearchArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Chemistry Division, Code 6100Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Defense AnalysesAlexandriaUSA
  4. 4.William M. TollesAlexandriaUSA

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