Research Papers: Design of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems

Longitudinal Analysis of Mechanism and Machine Theory: Geospatial Productivity, Journal Citation Networks, and Researcher Communities

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Dar-Zen Chen

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
National Taiwan University,
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road,
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
e-mail: dzchen@ntu.edu.tw

Ya-Yun Lee

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
National Taiwan University,
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road,
Taipei 10617, Taiwan

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Mechanisms and Robotics Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received June 10, 2015; final manuscript received December 13, 2015; published online January 18, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Ettore Pennestri.

J. Mech. Des 138(3), 032301 (Jan 18, 2016) (9 pages) Paper No: MD-15-1417; doi: 10.1115/1.4032397 History: Received June 10, 2015; Revised December 13, 2015

This paper presents a longitudinal analysis through bibliometrics from three perspectives: geospatial analysis of research productivity, citation network analysis of journals, and top productive researchers with research communities. The purpose of these analyses is to detect the development and research trends of mechanism and machine theory (MMT) field. The results indicate that the productivity of MMT publications shows a growing trend. The United States (U.S.) has dominated MMT publications, but its ratio has dropped off approximately twenty percent in the past three decades, while China (CN) has rapidly grown in its quantity and ratio of MMT publications. The concentration of MMT publications among various countries has declined over time. Through citation network analysis, the relationships between journals in the MMT field are identified and their variations over periods are derived. The citations have been centered between five related journals and three core journals. Additionally, the evolution of research communities corresponding to the top 30 productive researchers and the distribution of the publications in each community among countries are identified.

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Fig. 1

(a) Annual publication count in the MMT field; (b) Accumulated percentage of annual publication count in the MMT field.

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Fig. 2

Changes in percentage of numbers of publications over periods among continents

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Fig. 3

Citing and cited relationship between related journals and core journals from 1981 to 2011

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Fig. 4

Trajectory of citing and cited relation between related journals and core journals during four periods

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Fig. 5

Changes in percentage of number of the top productive researchers over periods among continents



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