Russian Research in Nanophotonics in a Global Context

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2019-63-4-29-39

A. Terekhov (a.,
Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of RAS, 47, Nakhimovskii Prosp., Moscow, 117418, Russian Federation


As a promising spin off element of nanotechnology nanophotonics began to develop since early 2000s. Adoption of national nanotechnology programs by many governments, apparently, contributed to this. For tracking the emerging scientific and technological area, the bibliometric approach is often used. The source of information is the authoritative polythematical database Science Citation Index Expanded. The author firstly explores the formation of the world research landscape in the field of nanophotonics. To this end, 14 countries are selected, namely the G7 group of developed countries and the group of the most active Asian countries (A7). Then, the focus of analysis turns to the publication activity of compared units, their presence in the top-1% and top-10% segments of scientific literature, as well as the structure of their collaboration links. In particular, it is shown that while the Asian group dominates by total number of publications, the G7 group has the superiority in terms of contribution to the elite segments of these publications. As for Russia, it is presented in the top?10 countries in terms of productivity and citation indicators. It should be noted that in the field of nanophotonics Russia’s indicators are significantly better than in nanotechnology in general. With the help of bibliometric methodology the main institutional participants of research in Russia are identified, their contribution and positioning in world rankings are determined. For example, it is shown that the Russian Academy of Sciences is the third among comparable scientific organizations in the world, and two national universities (Moscow State University and ITMO University) are among the first hundred of world’s universities producing nanophotonics publications. Nevertheless, until now no Russian research unit can pretend for the status of world-class Center of Scientific Excellence. The results of governmental university-centered policy are further discussed in light of the performed bibliometric study.


nanophotonics; scientific publication; bibliometric analysis; research landscape; international cooperation


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Terekhov A. Russian Research in Nanophotonics in a Global Context. Mirovaya ekonomika i mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya, 2019, vol. 63, No 4, pp. 29-39.

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