Origins of Life Research: a Bibliometric Approach

Bibliometrics

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Origins of life Astrobiology Exobiology Prebiotic chemistry Bibliometrics 

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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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