Structure of the Anthrax Research Literature

  • Ronald N. Kostoff Office of Naval Research, 875 N. Randolph St., Arlington, VA
  • Stephen A. Morse National Center for Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control
  • Serkan Oncu aculty of Medicine, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey
Keywords: Anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, anthraxin, bioterrorism, biowarfare, bioweapons, biological weapons, biodefence, biosecurity, biosurety, information technology, text mining, bibliometrics, citation analysis, computational linguistics, clustering, taxonomy


Text mining was used to extract technical intelligence from the open source global anthrax research literature.An anthrax-focused query was applied to the Science Citation Index/Social Science Citation Index (SCI/SSCI)(SCI, 2006) databases. The anthrax research literature infrastructure (prolific authors, key journals/institutions/countries, most cited authors/journals/ documents) was obtained using bibliometrics, and the anthrax researchliterature technical structure (hierarchical taxonomy) was obtained using computational linguistics/documentclustering.

Defence Science Journal, 2008, 58(5), pp.678-685, DOI:

How to Cite
Kostoff, R. N., Morse, S. A., & Oncu, S. (2008). Structure of the Anthrax Research Literature. Defence Science Journal, 58(5), 678-685.