, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 477–492 | Cite as

A bibliometric analysis of world volatile organic compounds research trends

  • Gangfeng Zhang
  • Shaodong Xie
  • Yuh-Shan HoEmail author


This study explores a bibliometric approach to quantitatively assessing current research trends on volatile organic compounds, by using the related literature in the Science Citation Index (SCI) database from 1992 to 2007. The articles acquired from such literature were concentrated on the general analysis by scientific output, the research performances by countries, institutes, and collaborations, and the research trends by the frequency of author keywords, words in title, words in abstract, and keywords plus. Over the past years, there had been a notable growth trend in publication outputs, along with more participation and collaboration of countries and institutes. Research collaborative papers had shifted from the national inter-institutional to the international collaboration. Benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde were the three kinds of VOCs concerned mostly. Detection and removing, especially by adsorption and oxidation, of VOCs were to be the orientation of all VOCs research in the next few years.


Volatile organic compounds Research trend Scientometrics SCI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringPeking UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringPeking UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Trend Research CentreAsia UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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