, Volume 86, Issue 1, pp 15–25 | Cite as

A collective and abridged lexical query for delineation of nanotechnology publications

  • Morteza MaghrebiEmail author
  • Ali Abbasi
  • Saeid Amiri
  • Reza Monsefi
  • Ahad Harati


In order to monitor articles/patents in nanotechnology, there is little agreement on a universal lexical query or even an explicit definition of nanotechnology. Here in the light of a proposed definition, a set of case studies has been conducted to remove keywords which are not exclusive to nanotechnology. This resulted in a collective and abridged lexical query (CALQ) for nanotechnology delineation. Through bibliometric quantification of already-proposed as well as the novel keywords, it was shown that all keywords included in CALQ have considerable exclusive retrieval and precision, while the removed keywords do not satisfy either of these numerical thresholds. This approach may also be applied for the future updating of CALQ.


Nanotechnology Lexical query Bibliometric study Delineation 



We would like to thank Morteza Adine-nia as well as Davoud Gharailou for their useful helps and comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morteza Maghrebi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ali Abbasi
    • 2
  • Saeid Amiri
    • 2
  • Reza Monsefi
    • 3
  • Ahad Harati
    • 3
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran
  2. 2.Iranian National Nanotechnology InitiativeTehranIslamic Republic of Iran
  3. 3.Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran

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