Bakthavachalam Elango, Govindaraju Kannan


In this study, the seminal publications in the modern tribology research are identified using a newly developed scientometric method called “Reference Publication Year Spectroscopy (RPYS)” based on the cited references. The Science Citation Index – Expanded (SCI-E) is used as data source. The study focuses on frequently cited most important papers published after 1966. The result suggests that important papers for the development of tribology research have been published only after the introduction of the term “tribology” in 1966.

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