A bibliometric analysis of the ecological policy

Anna Sokol, Dmitry Zaytcev, Valentina Kuskova

Contact: annsokol@outlook.com

This research describes patterns in the international published literature regarding environmental policy. The whole question of the success of a quality of ecology is largely based on the sensitivity and care of countries itself about the environment. Since environmental crisis has been put forward as one of the major global problems, and some institutional policy actors can have the relations of great importance with it. For the dynamically developing environmental problems must found the solution to the problem of the aggravation and emergence. The study of this topic requires constant generalization and visualization of the materials, identifying new patterns of development the political side of this subject. (Mace, 2012) The research confronts the contents and trends the academic work in the field of the environmental policy. The diversity of this multidisciplinary research is enormous, because its scientific backgrounds has been accompanied by a similarly broad range of approaches and methods (Zhang L; 2016; Wang MH. 2011; Khan MA, 2012). The bibliometric analysis helps to find the main directions of the topic, visualized it and helps readers to understand the development of the scientific literature from different dimensions. Its main significance is that it acts as a basis for systematizing and clarifying the literature representations with a common structure and is aimed at developing knowledge about this field (Reed MS, 2017; Liu J, 2008; Robertson, 2004) By practicing the combination of bibliometric, network and cluster analyses to comprehensive dataset of journal article metadata, we planned to determine the degree of policy and other fields research among subdisciplines of such topic as an environment. The purpose of this paper includes visualized bibliometric analysis and comprehensive review on the papers published from 1969 to 2019 from the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). We chose the number of publications in the dataset that fall within each subject category assigned by WoS (i.e., “environmental policy”, “climate change policy“ and “ecological policy”). The complete metadata for each resulting publication compiled and manually exported on December 2019. We made the summary using networks and the descriptive statistics most frequently cited articles and journals, the most popular keywords and the core authors. Also, we checked the first authors over-represented country affiliations and keyword categories in each cluster, we including the evolution of publications through time and what significant changes were happened in this field. The network analysis can promote noticeably in visualizing and summarizing large volumes of data and in studying scientific outputs. For these purposes were used such software as Pajek, R Studio and VOSviewer. Our structural approach shows the research subtopics and communities with differential levels of citation, subject diversity and collaboration between authors. Our findings confirm the derivation of a vigorous interdisciplinary field in policy dimension and indicate ways to prosper extension of research about the environmental policy.

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