Friday, February 17, 2017

Google N-Grams for Keywords in Journals

Google Ngram Viewer allows us to visualize popularity of keywords as a function of time. It uses books archived on Google Books as its corpus.

However, it doesn't work quite as well on some domain specific scientific keywords.

The best tools for this is Web of Science, if you are lucky enough to have institutional access to it.

Once you search a keyword, scroll to the bottom left and look for the "Analyze Results" button. Then choose "Publication Years" in the "Rank the records by this field" window.

Here I looked for "tube model", which is a popular model in polymer melt dynamics.

You can export the result and play with it.