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A Mapping of Marine Biodiversity Research Trends and Collaboration in the East Asia Region from 1996–2015

Kim, Jungjoon, Lee, Sangpil, Shim, We, Kang, Jongseok
Sustainability 2016 v.8 no.10
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, aquaculture, bibliometric analysis, biodiversity, coasts, issues and policy, marine ecosystems, oceans, China, Japan, South Korea
Many countries define policies to manage oceans and coastal areas in order to utilize marine ecosystems strategically. When we reviewed the strategies and policies of various countries in relation to ocean sustainability, we found that biodiversity preservation is a key issue for policies related to sustainable marine development. We investigated the research trends and collaboration status of China, Japan and South Korea regarding marine biodiversity through the analysis of scientific articles using bibliometric analysis. The results showed that Japan collaborated the most with other countries compared to China and South Korea. All three countries collaborated with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries frequently. South Korea showed the strongest inter-collaboration amongst China, Japan and South Korea. Microorganism research is a common research topic in China, Japan and South Korea. Each country demonstrated its own prominent research area, such as local region research in China, deep-sea research in Japan and aquaculture research in South Korea.