Aquaculture research in Southeast Asia - A scientometric analysis (1990-2019)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

2 Institute of Marine Biotechnology, niversiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Terengganu, Malaysia and Institute for Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Terengganu, Malaysia

3 School of Science, Monash University Malaysia, 47500 Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia

4 Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi Mara Pahang, 27600 Raub, Pahang, Malaysia


The volume of aquaculture industry has tripled since 2000 and recent data showed that 47% of the total global fish production and 10.34% of it comes from Southeast Asia region. The purpose of this study is to synthesize the available literature of aquaculture research in Southeast Asia from 1990 to 2019 using Scientometric method. This article found that a total of 1662 publication with 230,221 total citation was retrieved from Web of Sciences on 10th November 2020. The aquaculture research’s landscape from Southeast Asia shown that the year of 2018 resulted highest number of total publications in terms of the year. The study also reveals that “aquaculture” is the top publication title used, and the author of Qiwei Qin is the most prolific authors in the aquaculture research in Southeast Asia. The study also reveals that Vietnam and Can Tho University is the leading country and organization, respectively within Southeast Asia in this research area (i.e. Aquaculture Research) in term of the highest publication. The key topic and development shown that “Ecology, Earth, Marine” discipline dominate the study in this area. There is six cluster emerged as key topics with high silhouette scores ranging from 0.649 to 0.988. Keyword with largest magnitude was “climate change” (strength = 10.9997), with a burst span of 2 years and the strongest burst strength for an article is author by Richards and Friess. Overall, this study shows a diversity trend with the continuous development of cross disciplinary integration.