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Information 2012, 3(4), 771-789; doi:10.3390/info3040771

A General Overview of Scientific Production in China, Japan and Korea of the Water-Gas Shift (WGS) Process

High Efficiency and Clean Energy Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), 152 Gajeong-ro, Yuseung-Gu, Daejeon 305-343, Korea
Received: 21 August 2012 / Revised: 22 October 2012 / Accepted: 16 November 2012 / Published: 29 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Information and Communications Technology)
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Abstract

In today’s economy, one of the most important national indicators of economic growth performance is the country’s ability to produce new technology—and use it responsibly and efficiently—for environmental protection or energy conservation, production and consumption in agreement with international standards. The purpose of this study is to identify the Research and Development (R&D) capability in the area of environmentally friendly technologies in China, Japan and Korea over the last twenty years. As the field is very wide, Water-Gas Shift (WGS) reaction technologies were taken as a case study for the purpose of this article. During 1990–2011 a total of 788 papers in the field of WGS technologies were published by scientists in China, Japan and Korea. China was the top producing country with 394 papers (50%) followed by Japan with 250 papers (32%), and Korea with 144 papers (18%). The growth of the literature in the field was found to be exponential in nature for China. The R&D capabilities were found to correlate directly with the Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D (GERD), Researchers in Full-time equivalents (FTE), and other economic parameters.
Keywords: rankings; scientometrics; economic comparison; China; Japan; Korea; water-gas shift reaction rankings; scientometrics; economic comparison; China; Japan; Korea; water-gas shift reaction
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Magnone, E. A General Overview of Scientific Production in China, Japan and Korea of the Water-Gas Shift (WGS) Process. Information 2012, 3, 771-789.

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