Analysis of the advance in plant phenomics research based on Scopus tools

Huiyan Tang, Feng Ni, Xiaotao Li, Rongrong Chen, Xilin Yuan, Yan Zhu, Ji Zhou, Yanfeng Ding

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Bibliometric analyses are capable of demonstrating the history and the tendency of scientific and technological development. This article aims to use big scientific data to explore the present status of plant phenomics, based on which sound recommendations could be provided for the development of this emerging research domain. [Methods] Based on academic outputs such as research publications, citations, collaborations, research areas, academic organizations, and authors retrieved from the Scopus database between 2013 and September 2018, statistical analysis tools such as SciVal and CiteSpace 5.0 were applied to quantitatively visualize the development and tendency of plant phenotyping, plant phenomics, and related research areas. [Results] This Scopus-based research has retrieved 20 953 articles that are related to plant phenotyping, plant phenomics, and related applications in plant research, with a total citation of 217 105 and 2.0% of them are TOP1% highly cited papers. According to total citations, the TOP10 countries are the United States, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Canada, and the Netherlands. The TOP10 research organizations based on total citations are Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), the US Department of Agriculture, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University, Spanish National Research Council, University of California at Davis, Universite Paris-Sacly, and Wageningen University & Research. The scholar with the most academic outputs is Alisdair Robert Fernie at the Koch Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany. He has published 58 papers using plant cellular phenotypes and was cited 1 246 times. At present, plant phenomics research has focused on a number of plant species, including Arabidopsis, rice, wheat, corn, tomato and soybean. [Conclusion] As an emerging research domain, plant phenomics requires interdisciplinary efforts to integrate agriculture, cultivation, breeding, and other plant biological research with computing sciences. In particular, high-throughput image analysis and related data analysis has become an important research theme at the present stage, with the topical saliency index reaches 98.8%, a very high relevance score.
Translated title of the contributionAnalysis of the advance in plant phenomics research based on Scopus tools
Original languageMultiple languages
Pages (from-to)1133-1141
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nanjing Agricultural University
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2018


  • plant phenomics
  • bibliometrics
  • CiteSpace
  • Scopus
  • topic prominence index
  • visualization

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