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Heterogeneity of industrial development and evolution of cleaner production: Bibliometric analysis based on JCLP

Cong, Wei, Shi, Lei
Journal of cleaner production 2019 v.212 pp. 822-836
bibliometric analysis, data collection, industrialization, industry, spatial variation, sustainable development, temporal variation, Africa, United States
Cleaner production is a key concept of industrial sustainable development as well as a research hotspot. We investigated spatial heterogeneity and temporal evolution of cleaner production, and visualized the international collaboration network. As dataset we used all published research related to industry in Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLP) during years 2002–2017. By adopting statistical counting and calculation, we discovered that the spatial heterogeneity summarized from literature was in accordance with the product space of developed, developing and less-developed countries. In less-developed countries, cleaner production was gradually emerging, especially in specialized industries. We used bibliometric tools to show the temporal evolution of cleaner production in P.R.China and US. Though researchers from these two countries focused on different aspects at early stages, in later works, the diffusion of research concern had emerged. US took the leading role in the collaboration network based on co-author relationship, while P.R.China has become a strong force in recent years. This study could help researchers grasp the research direction of cleaner production and find the research gap in this field. We could hardly find African countries in this network, which indicates that enhancement of collaboration is needed. We suggest researchers turn to untapped industries and regions to promote cleaner production. The cooperative relationship should be strengthened to convey advanced experience in cleaner production. It can promote the worldwide implementation of cleaner production and contribute to achieving sustainability.