Delving into the Dynamics of Opium Research: A Bibliometric Perspective

  • Noor Syazwani Ishak Sunway college
  • Azharudin Mohamed Dali
  • Noor Syamimi Ishak
  • Mohd Firdaus Roslan
  • Khairul Hafezad Abdullah


Opium was an important commodity in trading activities in Asia in the century the 19th. In Malaya, opium is also an important commodity where the Strait Settlements carried out a lot of opium import and export during the British and Ducth era. This study aims to explore opium research-related publishing patterns and rank the most used author keywords in the Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) databases. The eminent software, ScientoPy and VOSviewer, are used to run and execute relevant publication data retrieved from Scopus and WoS. The results showed a positive trend in the growth of opium literature in both databases since 2002. The top three research areas that dominate this topic are “chemistry”, “plant sciences”, and “substance abuse”. Based on the country analysis, Iran has become an active publisher, followed by United States and United Kingdom. Importantly, this study emphasizes the use and history of opium research. The trends will assist researchers in recognising the various fields in identifying the core areas, proactive institutions, and productive authors published in this knowledge for supplementary investigation. Besides, by examining the most popular keywords, the results of this study enable researchers to discover the possibility for future research that may be conducted, particularly concerning the annual growth rates, which have been trending in the last five years.


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How to Cite
ISHAK, Noor Syazwani et al. Delving into the Dynamics of Opium Research: A Bibliometric Perspective. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 162-174, june 2024. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 july 2024.
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