Origins of Life Research: a Bibliometric Approach

  • Arsev Umur Aydinoglu
  • Zehra Taşkın


This study explores the collaborative nature and interdisciplinarity of the origin(s) of life (OoL) research community. Although OoL research is one of the oldest topics in philosophy, religion, and science; to date there has been no review of the field utilizing bibliometric measures. A dataset of 5647 publications that are tagged as OoL, astrobiology, exobiology, and prebiotic chemistry is analyzed. The most prolific authors (Raulin, Ehrenfreund, McKay, Cleaves, Cockell, Lazcano, etc.), most cited scholars and their articles (Miller 1953, Gilbert 1986, Chyba & Sagan 1992, Wȁchtershȁuser 1988, etc.), and popular journals (Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres and Astrobiology) for OoL research are identified. Moreover, interdisciplinary research conducted through research networks, institutions (NASA, Caltech, University of Arizona, University of Washington, CNRS, etc.), and keywords & concepts (astrobiology, life, Mars, amino acid, prebiotic chemistry, evolution, RNA) are explored.


Origins of life Astrobiology Exobiology Prebiotic chemistry Bibliometrics 



This study was funded by an EON Seed Grant (ELSI Origins Network Seed Grant).

This project/publication was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation provided through the Earth-Life Science Institute of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation or the Earth-Life Science Institute.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Blue Marble Space Institute of ScienceSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Middle East Technical University, Design FactoryAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Information ManagementHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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