The question is related to the trend of research and focus on different disciplines.

Is there some trend assesment which shows the number of articles or conferences on a specific disciplines?

If someone would like to see the trend of research on let's say Nano Technology or Semantic Technology is there some source of information which shows the number of conferences related to the discipline and the number of articles tagged for these disciplines?

  • There's a lot of literature on how to do this sort of work. Please can you edit into your question, a summary of what you've learnt already from the literature?
    – 410 gone
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 19:34
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    There is an entire branch of science devoted to this. Over the years, it has been variously termed bibliometrics, informetrics and scientometrics. Please see this link for more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientometrics
    – Shion
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 21:19

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It is not that easy to determine the current trend. Many search engines for publications give the number of the search query.

It is important to continuously dealing with your area of ​​expertise. The best way to identify the current trend is to go to conferences and read professional journals. In addition, one also needs a lot of expertise to be able to assess as something.

  • Actually I was more looking to support a claim that a specific discipline is gaining a lot of attention. I feel that is true due to personal observations of increasing number of conferences on this discipline, of papers related to the practice but cannot claim without a proof or a study supporting my claim.
    – Armand
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 7:04

The typical way to do this would be to enter your topic as search keyword into a bibliographic database such as Web of Science or Scopus, and have the number of published articles using the keyword charted over the years. That's what I often see when someone wants to advertive a "hot new topic" in conferences or seminars.

Unfortunately, I never saw a chart where someone corrected for even simple statistical artifacts like total number of publications in the database for a given year, or a time-varying coverage of the literature by the database. Thus I am typically not valuing these pictures highly.

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