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The purpose of this study was to identify the most important historical works written in the field of commercialization of knowledge using Referenced Publication Years Spectroscopy (RPYS). Initial data were obtained from the Web of Science (WoS) database to investigate the historical roots of published works in the field of commercialization of knowledge. Then, the main roots of this filed, the amount of received citations, and influential works were identified using RPYS software. Next, with the help of the yearcr software, the extent of the effects of the works outside of the range of peaks were also introduced. The period under investigation is the publication in the years 1900-2015. by searching published works in the time period of 1900-2015, 1550 records related to commercialization of knowledge were retrieved. To exactly investigate the effects of this field, the timeframe was divided into five periods (four 25-year periods and one 15-year period) to allow peaks with a small number of citations in the early years. The total number of citations up to the time of the present research was 39817, which resulted in the emergence of five peaks in the years 1934, 1962, 1973, 1998, and 2003.