• 1 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 2 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
  • 3 Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nanoscale Res Lett, 2019 May 16;14(1):164.
PMID: 31098855 DOI: 10.1186/s11671-019-2994-y


This bibliometric study investigated the public trends in the fields of nanoparticles which is limited to drug delivery and magnetic nanoparticles' literature published from 1980 to October 2017. The data were collected from the Web of Science Core Collections, and a network analysis of research outputs was carried out to analyse the research trends in the nanoparticles literature. Nanoparticles and its applications are progressing in recent years. The results show that documents in the field of nanoparticles in chemistry and material science have improved in citation rate, as the authors were researching in multidisciplinary zones. Top-cited documents are mainly focusing on drug delivery, magnetic nanoparticles and iron oxide nanoparticles which are also the top research keywords in all papers published. Top-cited papers are mostly published in Biomaterials journal which so far has published 12% of top-cited articles. Although research areas such as contrast agents, quantum dots, and nanocrystals are not considered as the top-ranked keywords in all documents, these keywords received noticeable citations. The trends of publications on drug delivery and magnetic nanoparticles give a general view on future research and identify potential opportunities and challenges.

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