Bibliometric mapping: eight decades of analytical chemistry, with special focus on the use of mass spectrometry

Anal Chem. 2015;87(9):4588-96. doi: 10.1021/ac5040314. Epub 2015 Mar 26.


In this Feature we use automatic bibliometric mapping tools to visualize the history of analytical chemistry from the 1920s until the present. In particular, we have focused on the application of mass spectrometry in different fields. The analysis shows major shifts in research focus and use of mass spectrometry. We conclude by discussing the application of bibliometric mapping and visualization tools in analytical chemists' research.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Chemistry Techniques, Analytical / history*
  • Chemistry Techniques, Analytical / trends
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Mass Spectrometry / history*
  • Mass Spectrometry / trends
  • Research / history
  • Research / trends