This study aims to observe the researchers’ behavior in Iranian scientific databases to determine the research gaps and priorities in their field of research. Text mining and natural language processing techniques were used to identify what researchers are looking for and to analyze existing research works. In this paper, the information about the behavior of researchers who work in the field of environmental science and existing research works in the Iranian scientific database are processed. The search trends in all areas are evaluated by analyzing the users’ search data. The trend analysis indicates that in the period of February 2013 to July 2015, the growth of the researchers’ requests in some domains of the environment such as Industry, Training, Assessment, Material, Water and Pollution was 1.5 up to 2 times more than the overall requests. A Combination of the trend analysis and clustering of queries led to shaping four priority zones. Then, the research priorities for each environmental research area were determined. The results show that Training, Pollution, Rangeland, Management and Law are those domains in the environmental research which have the most research gaps in Iran, but there are enough research in Forest, Soil and Industry domains. At the end, we describe the steps for the implementation of a decision support system in environmental research management. Researchers, managers and policy makers can use this proposed ‘‘research demand and supply monitoring’’ system or RDSM to make appropriate decisions and allocate their resources more efficiently.
Rabiei, Mohammad, Seyyed Mahdi Hosseini Motlagh, and Abdorrahman Haeri. 2017. Using text mining techniques for identifying research gaps and priorities: a case study of the environmental science in Iran. Scientometrics ۱۱۰ (۲): ۸۱۵–۸۴۲.