Profile and trends in FTA approaches: a bibliometric analysis of special issues of international journals from four FTA conferences

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to present the profile and trends of the academic discipline of Future-oriented Technology Assessment (FTA) and its approaches. As such the paper contributes to the discussion on the concept and positioning of FTA. The paper is based on bibliometric analyses of the special issues of five international journals published after the FTA conferences in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011: TFSC, Fu-tures, TASM, SSP and Foresight. Methodologically the paper draws on the facilities of Elsevier’s Scopus and Thompson Reuter’s Web of Science. The paper concludes that the field of FTA or foresight seems to be remarkable stable over the latest decade. As an academic field FTA has focussed its publications in a small number of journals, and that helps define and focus the field further. Finally, the paper concludes, that special issue publications resulting from the FTA conferences have the same level of quality and impact as articles published in ordinary issues of these journals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) - Engage today to shape tomorrow
    Number of pages12
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis - Brussels, Belgium
    Duration: 27 Nov 201428 Nov 2014
    Conference number: 5

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis
    Number5
    CountryBelgium
    CityBrussels
    Period27/11/201428/11/2014

    Keywords

    • Foresight
    • FTA
    • trends
    • bibliometrics

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