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The Influence of the Circular Economy: Exploring the Knowledge Base

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Strategic Management, Universitat de Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Business Department, ESIC Business & Marketing School, 46021 Valencia, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4367; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164367
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 5 August 2019 / Accepted: 5 August 2019 / Published: 12 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises)
The objective of this study is to analyze the main factors influencing research on the concept of ‘circular economy’ (CE) by focusing on authors, institutions, and countries and emphasizing the documents that deal both with CE and SMEs. The Web of Science (WoS) includes 1711 documents related to CE, with the first publication dated 2006. The graphical analyses use the WoS Core Collection database and visualization of similarities (VOS) viewer software. We also employ several bibliometric techniques including co-citation and bibliographic coupling. The results of the analysis indicate that the field of CE research has broad readership and includes internationally authored papers although China seems to be the leader in this research area. View Full-Text
Keywords: bibliometrics; web of science; Vos viewer; circular economy; co-citation; bibliographic coupling bibliometrics; web of science; Vos viewer; circular economy; co-citation; bibliographic coupling
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Mas-Tur, A.; Guijarro, M.; Carrilero, A. The Influence of the Circular Economy: Exploring the Knowledge Base. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4367.

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