How to Identify the Emerging Topics of a Research Topic?


  • Eduardo Amadeu Dutra Moresi Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Educação da Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brasil
  • Isabel Pinho Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal



Emerging Topics, Bibliographic Research, Bibliometric, Co-occurrence Network, Learning Assessment


The words needed to create a co-occurrence analysis can be collected from the author's article titles, abstracts and keywords. These different approaches allow identifying sub-areas in each field and studying their characteristics and trends, portraying the global research profile, finding important topics, disruptive trends, looking for cooperative relationships and interpreting patterns of collaboration between the authors. This work has the objective of presenting two approaches for the interpretation of the results of a bibliographic research. The first approach aims to identify the degree of evolution of publications on a given topic using the logistic curve. The second aims to identify emerging topics from the analysis of keyword co-occurrence. To exemplify the two approaches, a survey was carried out on the Scopus database on the subject of learning assessment. The analysis of the evolution of publications revealed that the topic is still growing and is expected to reach saturation around 2040. The identification of emerging topics indicated 20 keywords that were indexed in 2021. It is concluded that the approaches are relevant to analyze the evolution of a theme and to indicate opportunities to explore emerging topics.


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Eduardo Amadeu Dutra Moresi, & Isabel Pinho. (2021). How to Identify the Emerging Topics of a Research Topic?. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 9, 46–55.




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