A Bibliometric Analysis of Microalgae Research in the World, Europe, and the European Atlantic Area

Type Article
Date 2020-02
Language English
Author(s) Rumin Judith1, Nicolau ElodieORCID2, Gonçalves De Oliveira Junior Raimundo1, Fuentes-Grünewald Claudio3, Flynn Kevin J3, Picot Laurent1
Affiliation(s) 1 : La Rochelle Université, UMRi CNRS 7266 LIENSs, Avenue Crépeau, 17042 La Rochelle, France
2 : IFREMER, Laboratoire BRM/PBA, Rue de l'Ile d'Yeu, 44311 Nantes, France
3 : Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP, UK
Source Marine Drugs (1660-3397) (MDPI AG), 2020-02 , Vol. 18 , N. 2 , P. 79 (33p.)
DOI 10.3390/md18020079
WOS© Times Cited 32
Note This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioactive Compounds Derived from Marine Microalgae 2.0
Keyword(s) biotechnology, European Atlantic Area, microalgae, phytoplankton, research, market, bibliometrics

A bibliographic database of scientific papers published by authors affiliated worldwide, especially focused in Europe and in the European Atlantic Area, and containing the keywords “microalga(e)” or “phytoplankton” was built. A corpus of 79,020 publications was obtained and analyzed using the Orbit Intellixir software to highlight the evolution of the research domain. Publication rates from 1960 to 2019, organization of the research, collaboration networks between countries and organizations, emerging and fading research concepts, major studied species, and associated concepts, as well as journals publishing microalgae research were considered. As a result, of the 79,020 papers published worldwide, 26,137 included authors from Europe (33% of world production) and 6989 from the European Atlantic Area (AA) (27% of European production, 9% of world production). The main worldwide scientific research topics found in this study were phytoplankton, community, bloom, diatoms, distribution, ecosystem, coastal, chlorophyll, zooplankton, photosynthesis, and primary production. At the European scale, the most studied topics were related to the environment, food, chemicals, pigments, protein, feed, and drugs. The highest scientific trends and market opportunities analysis identified bioplastics and biostimulants as top emerging concepts at the European level and agricultural, animal feed, and blue biotechnology at the European AA level.

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Rumin Judith, Nicolau Elodie, Gonçalves De Oliveira Junior Raimundo, Fuentes-Grünewald Claudio, Flynn Kevin J, Picot Laurent (2020). A Bibliometric Analysis of Microalgae Research in the World, Europe, and the European Atlantic Area. Marine Drugs, 18(2), 79 (33p.). Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.3390/md18020079 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00605/71725/