Scientometric Dimensions of Fuel Cell Research as Reflected in Inis Database


  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Scientific Information Resource Division, Knowledge Management Group, Mumbai, 085, India


This paper highlights quantitatively the growth and development of world literature on Fuel Cell publication output as per INIS (1970-2008) database. During 1970-2008 a total of 3435 publications were published by the scientists in the field ‘Fuel Cell’. The average number of publications published per year was 88.07. The highest numbers of publications 452 were published in 2004. The spurt in the literature output was reported during 1992–2008.There were 86 countries involved in research in this field. USA is the top producing country with 509 publications (17.56%) followed by Japan with 357 publications (12.31%). Authorship and collaboration trend was towards multi-authored publications. Intensive collaboration was found during 1994–2008. There were 321 international collaborative publications. Bilateral collaboration accounted for 89.72 percent of total collaborative publications. Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Dalian (China) topped the list with 80 publications. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (India) was the most productive Indian institution with 37 papers. Journals were the most preferred document type preferred by the scientists. The most preferred journals by the scientists were: Electrochimica Acta with 343 publications and Energy Conversion and Management with 54 publications. English was the most predominant language used by the scientists for communication. The high frequency keywords were: Fuel Cells (1162), Hydrogen (404), proton exchange membrane fuel cells (347), electrolytes (295).


Scientometrics, Bibliometrics, Fuel Cells, Publication Productivity, Authorship Pattern, Collaboration Rate, Author Productivity, Channels of Communication, Institutions.

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