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Title: Smart specialisation in Malta: a bibliometric look at aquaculture


Authors: G. Steven McMillan; Frank Bezzina; Debra L. Casey


Penn State Abington, 1600 Woodland Road, Abington, PA 19001, USA
Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta
Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA


Abstract: Malta has recently embarked on a new research and innovation (R&I) plan called the National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020. A large part of this strategy was to engage in smart specialisation efforts to determine where best to allocate the country's limited R&I funds. One of the areas highlighted was aquaculture. The purpose of this research paper is to examine, using bibliometrics, where the science and technological frontiers are in aquaculture. Our findings are, not surprisingly, that Malta plays a somewhat minor role in these current efforts. However, we also uncover areas currently being researched that might prove valuable to the Maltese efforts in aquaculture.


Keywords: smart specialisation; aquaculture; bibliometrics; Malta; research and innovation strategy.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2016.074239


Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2016 Vol.11, No.1, pp.51 - 61


Available online: 18 Jan 2016



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