Macromolecule mass spectrometry: Citation mining of user documents

Ronald N. Kostoff, Clifford D. Bedford, J. Antonio Del Río, Héctor D. Cortes, George Karypis

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Identifying research users, applications, and impact is important for research performers, managers, evaluators, and sponsors. Identification of the user audience and the research impact is complex and time consuming due to the many indirect pathways through which fundamental research can impact applications. This paper identified the literature pathways through which two highly-cited papers of 2002 Chemistry Nobel Laureates Fenn and Tanaka impacted research, technology development, and applications. Citation Mining, an integration of citation bibliometrics and text mining, was applied to the >1600 first generation Science Citation Index (SCI) citing papers to Fenn's 1989 Science paper on Electrospray Ionization for Mass Spectrometry, and to the >400 first generation SCI citing papers to Tanaka's 1988 Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry paper on Laser Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. Bibliometrics was performed on the citing papers to profile the user characteristics. Text mining was performed on the citing papers to identify the technical areas impacted by the research, and the relationships among these technical areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-287
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004

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Funding Information:
Narin, F. Evaluative Bibliometrics: The Use of Publication and Citation Analysis in the Evaluation of Scientific Activity (monograph); NSF C-637. National Science Foundation: 1976; Contract NSF C-627. NTIS Accession No. PB252339/AS


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