Exploring Petrology and Mineralogy Trends: Big Data Analysis of Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica


Our mineral deposit working group is diligently engaged in the comprehensive analysis of extensive datasets within the realm of petrology and mineralogy, as featured in Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica.


In-Depth Analysis of Petrology and Mineralogy Research


Petrology and mineralogy, integral components of Earth Sciences, hold the keys to unlocking mysteries surrounding planetary formation, resource enrichment, and environmental changes on Earth. Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica, a prominent domestic journal in this field, plays a pivotal role in disseminating cutting-edge research. To provide insights into research progress and inform future directions, an in-depth quantitative analysis of articles published in the journal from 1982 to 2022 was conducted, harnessing the power of big data and visualization technologies.


Key Findings Unveiled


The analysis revealed that petrology and mineralogy have consistently remained the central focus of Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica. Keywords such as geochemistry, granite, zircon U-Pb dating, adsorption, and mineralogy emerged as hot topics within the publication. Notably, "geochemistry" emerged as a high-impact keyword closely associated with topics like granite, rock genesis, volcanic rocks, and petrology. "Lattice parameters" ranked next, with ties to keywords like optical properties, powder diffraction data, and new minerals.


Five Distinct Research Themes


The research identified five distinct research themes within the journal's articles:


1.     Rock Composition and Characterization Analysis: Exploring the intricate composition and characteristics of rocks.

2.     Metamorphic Processes and Rock Metamorphism: Investigating the processes behind rock metamorphism.

3.     Characteristics of Mineral Deposits and Ore-Forming Processes: Delving into the nature of mineral deposits and ore formation.

4.     Analysis of Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphic Features: Scrutinizing sedimentary environments and stratigraphy.

5.     Research on Environmental Mineralogy: Investigating the role of minerals in the environment.


Future Directions for Petrology and Mineralogy

Comparing the findings with data from renowned domestic and international journals in petrology and mineralogy, it is evident that future publications should encourage:

l  Development and Application of New Technologies and Methods: Embrace emerging technologies and methods for innovative research.

l  Interdisciplinary Research: Foster collaboration across disciplines for a broader perspective.

l  New Paradigm Research Driven by Big Data and Machine Learning: Harness the power of big data and machine learning to drive new research paradigms.



This comprehensive analysis not only sheds light on the rich history of Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica but also provides valuable guidance for the journal's future direction, ensuring it continues to be at the forefront of petrology and mineralogy research.