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Energies 2016, 9(2), 72;

Visualization of International Energy Policy Research

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Donlinks School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023, China
Department of Management Science, Faculty of Engineering, Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Peter V. Schaeffer
Received: 29 August 2015 / Revised: 4 January 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2016 / Published: 26 January 2016
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The complexity of policy decision making is well recognized. It is not clear, however, what role academic policy research has played in influencing the directions of policy outcomes and how the research has intertwined with notable issues globally. Given the importance of energy choices on sustainable development, we have developed a comprehensive and powerful visualization of the research trends worldwide in energy policy studies over the past five decades using the literature metrology theory and its techniques. The analytical framework provides a visual tracking of research activity, directional flow and a robust basis for judging progress. The emergent findings are an aid to decision makers drawing insights from specific policy studies within a fully transparent view of the historical context on a global scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy policies; historical perspective; literature metrology; visualization analysis; research evolutionary path energy policies; historical perspective; literature metrology; visualization analysis; research evolutionary path

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