The100 most cited papers in industrial design: a bibliometric analysis

Ahmad Abedini, Rizal Rahman, Hassan Sadeghi Naeini, Nader Ale Ebrahim


This paper highlights the underlying factors that define the success of industrial design literature, which can be measured through citation characteristics. In this regard, the study aims to identify and analyse the characteristics of top-cited papers published in the Web of Science under the topic of industrial design from 1980 to 2014. The results showed that the top five papers received 896 citations, which were published between 2002 to 2006, and obtained 278 )31.02%) citations. The top five keywords were extracted from the abstracts of top-cited papers. In addition, the names of the top journals were Design Studies, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and International Journal of Design. Industrial design is proposed as a new Web of Science category.


Evaluation. Highly cited. Industrial design. Interdisciplinary. Product design.

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