Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): Scientometric Analysis

Investigación e Innovación Responsables (RRI): Análisis Cienciométrico

  • Akbar Mohammadi University of Tehran
Keywords: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), scientometric analysis, responsible research, responsible innovation, Web of Science (WOS)


Innovation and research in various fields should be done responsibly. In the last years, there is this responsibility towards different stakeholders. One of the most important stakeholders are the community and the society. In this context, the concept of social responsibility and social innovation has become very widespread. The purpose of this study was scientometric analysis of concepts in the field of responsible innovation and responsible research. R software has been used to achieve this purpose. In this study, by analyzing the information extracted from related articles (572 articles from Web of Science), the new concept of RRI and the network of researchers in this regard have been identified and analyzed. In this study, based on a systematic literature review (SLR) and scientometric methods, the evolution of the concept of “Responsible Research” and “Responsible Innovation” in the literature is investigated. Also, the selected articles identified by the SLR method from different textual dimensions regarding journals, collaboration network, co-citation network, collaboration worldmap, historical direct citation network, and emergence of new concepts are analyzed. The results of this study indicate the development of related concepts in the literature in recent years and indicate the need for further studies in this regard.



La innovación y la investigación en diversos campos deben realizarse con responsabilidad. En los últimos años, existe esta responsabilidad hacia las diferentes partes interesadas. Una de las partes interesadas más importantes es la comunidad y la sociedad. En este contexto, el concepto de responsabilidad social e innovación social se ha extendido mucho. El objetivo de este estudio es realizar un análisis cienciométrico de ambos conceptos en el ámbito de la innovación responsable y la investigación responsable. Para ello, se ha utilizado el software R. En este estudio, mediante el análisis de la información extraída de los artículos relacionados (572 artículos de Web of Science), se ha identificado y analizado el nuevo concepto de RRI y la red de investigadores al respecto. Basado en una revisión sistemática de la literatura (SLR) y en métodos cienciométricos, se investiga la evolución del concepto de "Investigación Responsable" e "Innovación Responsable" en la literatura. Asimismo, se analizan los artículos seleccionados e identificados por el método SLR a partir de diferentes dimensiones textuales relativas a las revistas, la red de colaboración, la red de citación conjunta, el mapa mundial de colaboración, la red de citación directa histórica y la aparición de nuevos conceptos. Los resultados de este estudio indican el desarrollo de conceptos relacionados en la literatura en los últimos años y señalan la necesidad de realizar más estudios al respecto.

Palabras clave: Investigación e innovación responsables (RRI); análisis cienciométrico; investigación  responsable; innovación responsable; Web of Science (WOS).




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Mohammadi, A. (2021). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): Scientometric Analysis. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 6(2), 64-77. Retrieved from
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