Researchers are nowadays overloaded with scientific information, and it is often difficult to obtain a clear overview of existing topical research in some particular field. Big data tools and instruments can be utilized to define trending research topics by analyzing recent publications. This paper analyses 12000 articles related to arc welding from the Scopus database for the period 2001-2012 using VOS viewer and Microsoft Excel. The most commonly occurring keywords are presented statically and as a time series. The results of this paper provide an overall landscape of scientific research in the field of arc welding and help indicate trends of emerging topics in welding research. This work is of value to both industry and academia as an indicator of changes in the field and areas of current interest. Some guidelines for potential future research on the subject are provided.
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