The state of global scientific literature on chlorophyll-A


  • Suzana Maria Loures de Oliveira Marcionilio Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Maria Tereza Ribeiro Alves Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Pedro Paulino Borges Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Karine Borges Machado Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Cleide Sandra Tavares Araújo Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Hélida Ferreira da Cunha Universidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Jõao Carlos Nabout Universidade Estadual de Goiás



Photosynthetic pigment. Scientometrics. Water. Phytoplankton biomass.


Chlorophyll is a green pigment common to all photosynthetic cells of autotrophic organisms in aquatic or terrestrial environments. Techniques used to quantify this pigment include fluorescence, UV spectrophotometer, chromatography, HPLC, and remote sensing. Determination of the photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll - a (Chl-a), has been used widely in many areas of science. The present study investigated the state of the global scientific literature on Chl-a, determining the countries, approaches, and environments where Chl-a has been studied and the geographic scale used. To obtain this scientometric information, we conducted a study from the Scopus database over a 21-year period from 1990 through 2011. This period saw significant increases in the number of publications (r=0.84 and P< 0.001), different journals where publications appeared (160 journals), major papers with a multidisciplinary character, and a predominance of descriptive approaches with studies conducted in aquatic and marine habitats at a regional scale. The country with the highest number of publications was China (21.64% of total papers; location of study), and the USA had the highest number of authors (19.52% of total papers). The main determining factor for publications was socioeconomic (according to model selection criteria; AIC). This study highlight the multidisciplinary use of Chl-a, and may give some directions to new studies about this pigment.


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MARCIONILIO, S.M.L. de O., ALVES, M.T.R., BORGES, P.P., MACHADO, K.B., ARAÚJO, C.S.T., DA CUNHA, H.F. and NABOUT, J.C., 2015. The state of global scientific literature on chlorophyll-A . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 941–950. [Accessed5 March 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v31n3a2015-23585. Available from:



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