Cluster Computing

, Volume 22, Supplement 1, pp 1939–1948 | Cite as

Research trend analysis on convergence and joint research of Korea using scientific papers

  • Suhyeon Yoo
  • O Young Kwon
  • Dae-hyun JeongEmail author


Recently, convergence has been presented as one of the technical innovations in many industrial sectors and diffusion has been discussed as providing the main influence on convergence. The present study used the VOSviewer to analyze convergence trends and the current state of joint research, complemented by quantitative analysis using information from scientific papers published in 2015 obtained through the Scopus database. The results of this study illustrate that convergence of research occurring in Korea is evident in a variety of sectors, e.g. chemistry, material science, mechanics and the electrical and electronics sectors. We discovered that a sector performing research characterized by convergence also was actively involved in joint research. We also discovered that institutions conducting many studies were doing so as partners within joint research with other institutions. There are two important applications: The present study identified important information that can be used to monitor convergence and diffusion appears to provide the most influence on convergence.


Convergence Joint research VOSviewer Gini index 



This study was supported by ‘Development & Operation of Creative Economy Town’ project funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP, 4500-4545-301) in 2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ServiceKorea Institute of Science and Technology InformationSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Research Institute for GangwonChuncheon-siSouth Korea

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