Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 193-213

The seminal literature of nanotechnology research

  • Ronald N. KostoffAffiliated withOffice of Naval Research Email author 
  • , James S. MurdayAffiliated withOffice of Naval ResearchChemistry Division, Code 6100, Naval Research Laboratory
  • , Clifford G.Y. LauAffiliated withOffice of Naval ResearchInstitute for Defense Analyses
  • , William M. TollesAffiliated withWilliam M. Tolles

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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


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