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Title:What kind of research topics emerged in the biomedical domain?: A perspective from newly added subject terms in a thesaurus
Author(s):Lu, Kun
Subject(s):Emerging topics
Medical Subject Headings
New subject terms
Abstract:Understanding what kind of research topics will emerge in scientific domains has implications for researchers, policy makers, and industry. Existing studies on emerging topics generally approach the problem from the publication perspective, that is, to retrieve a set of publications and identify emerging topics from them. This study aims to offer a different perspective to understand emerging topics. By tracing the newly added subject terms in a thesaurus, this study provides insights into what kind of topics emerged and what did not. This study found that economic, biomedical, or social impact is important for a biomedical topic to emerge in addition to the common features used for identifying emerging topics. More attention was paid to topics that have direct impact on humans than on other species. This aspect is largely neglected in the literature. The findings from this study have implications for designing predictors for emerging research topics in the biomedical domain.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Kun Lu
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17

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