A bibliometric review on natural resource accounting during 1995-2014

Title
A bibliometric review on natural resource accounting during 1995-2014
Author(s)
Shaozhuo Zhong
Yong Geng
Gengyuan Liu
Cuixia Gao
Wei Che
Year
2016
Source
Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139, Pages 122-132
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.039
Abstract
Natural resource accounting plays a critical role in sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources. This paper aims to review research progress on natural resource accounting for the period of 1995-2014. The main research methods for this study include bibliometric analysis and social network analysis, covering publications' performances, characteristics of related journals, countries, institutions, authors and keywords. The results show that the total amount of publications on natural resource accounting has increased rapidly since 2001. The most productive journal, country, institution, and author are Journal of Environmental Management, USA, University of California, and Dr. Chen, respectively. All of them have higher academic influence. Meanwhile, natural resources that attract most attentions are water and energy. The six main research methods in this field include mathematic modeling, emergy, exergy, ecological footprint (EF), life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA).Reasons for the prominent performance of key countries and institutions are then discussed and uncovered, as well as for six methods. Finally, suggestions on how to further promote the development of this research field are raised.
More Information
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.039

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