The period of insect research in the tropics: a bibliometric analysis

M. C. Moshobane*, T. T. Khoza, S. Niassy

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The International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (Int J Trop Insect Sci) is a peer-reviewed journal established in 1980 to promote insect science mainly in the tropics. This study aimed to provide a Bibliometric overview of Int J Trop Insect Sci publications and citations between 2012 and 2020, ending September 2020. A sample of 488 documents extracted from the Web of Science (WoS) was analysed using widely used bioclimatic indicators. The articles were written by 1726 authors. During this period, the most productive authors comprised S Roy, followed by S Ekesi, S Subramanian and M Tamo. The dominant keyword was ‘resistance’, followed by ‘Homoptera'. India took a leading position in Single Country Publications (SCP) while Kenya took the lead in Multiple Country Publications (MCP). Bibliometric analysis reveals vibrant collaboration between African and Western countries and active publication of multi-country authored articles. We conclude that there is an increasing trend for collaboration among different countries on the general topic of insect science. Research in insect science has the potential to impact both academic researchers and practitioners the knowledge use chain. This study will help researchers, journal editors, science policy makers managers, and others working in the biodiversity space and potential research gaps needing for further studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-998
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tropical Insect Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Bibliometric Citation analysis
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Publication analysis
  • Scientific collaboration


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