Bibliometric study of interdisciplinary relations of converging technologies (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno)

Hamid R. Jamali, Saeid Asadi, Ghasem Azadi-Ahmadabadi

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This study investigates the interdisciplinary relations of nanotechnology (Nano), biotechnology (Bio), information technology (Info), and cognitive science (Cogno) (together kwon as NBIC converging technologies) at the science level using a range of different bibliometric techniques and measures. The study applied journal citation, author citation, keyword analysis, and authorship analysis on all Iranian NBIC international articles (2001-2015). Spanning tree, inclusion index, import and export of concepts, and inward and outward interactions were used to measure the interdisciplinary relations. The results showed that Bio and Nano had the highest level of interdisciplinary relations in terms of journal citations, shared keywords, and the exchange of authorship. On the other hand, Cogno had no journal citation relation with Bio, and it had very low exchange of concepts with Bio. Cogno also had the weakest link to Nano in terms of authorship as well as author citations. The study suggests using a combination of techniques and measures for the study of interdisciplinarity and convergence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference Proceedings
PublisherInternational Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI)
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2017
Event16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics: ISSI 2017 - Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Duration: 16 Oct 201720 Oct 2017 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)


Conference16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics
OtherThe Organizing Committee would like to invite participants to submit to the 16th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference that will be held in Wuhan, China ( The ISSI 2017 Conference will provide an international forum for scientists, research managers and administrators, as well as information and communication related professionals to share research and debate the advancements of informetric and scientometric theory and applications. The conference is organized under the auspices of ISSI - the International Society for Informetrics and Scientometrics (
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