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Table 6 The top 20 research areas related to forest ecology indexed using the web of science during 2002–2011

From: A bibliometric analysis of global forest ecology research during 2002–2011

  Research areas Articles number Ratio (%)
1 Environmental Sciences Ecology 31172 39.47
2 Forestry 13164 16.67
3 Agriculture 8354 10.58
4 Plant Sciences 8027 10.16
5 Zoology 6470 8.19
6 Biodiversity Conservation 6005 7.60
7 Geology 5660 7.17
8 Meteorology Atmospheric Sciences 3654 4.63
9 Physical Geography 3453 4.37
10 Water Resources 2521 3.19
11 Marine Freshwater Biology 2271 2.88
12 Entomology 2176 2.76
13 Engineering 1981 2.51
14 Life Sciences Biomedicine Other Topics 1650 2.09
15 Evolutionary Biology 1631 2.07
16 Remote Sensing 1611 2.04
17 Science Technology Other Topics 1319 1.67
18 Biochemistry Molecular Biology 1269 1.61
19 Imaging Science Photographic Technology 1205 1.53
20 Genetics Heredity 1079 1.37