Keywords: zirconium research, zirconium alloys, nuclear science, scientometrics, publication productivity, activity index, nuclear technology, literature review, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nuclear knowledge management
Zirconium research in nuclear science and technology: a scientometric perspective
The present study is aimed at analysing the growth of publications on zirconium in nuclear science and technology. International Nuclear Information System (INIS) database is used as a tool to analyse the focused areas of this field for the period 1970–2008. The database contained a total of 65,592 publications on zirconium. The study analysed the broad features of zirconium in nuclear science and technology focusing on its publication growth characteristics such as year–wise distribution of publications, country–wise distribution of publications, country–wise activity index, domain–wise distribution of publications, highly productive institutions, language–wise distribution of publications, distribution of publications by document types and journals preferred for publication by the scientists.