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Water 2018, 10(9), 1191; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091191

Sustainable Water Resources Management: A Bibliometric Overview

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Faculty of Business, Finance and Tourism, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Financial Economy and Accounting Department, Faculty of Business, Finance and Tourism, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Business Organisation and Marketing Department, Faculty of Business Administration and Tourism, University of Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
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Received: 18 July 2018 / Revised: 7 August 2018 / Accepted: 1 September 2018 / Published: 4 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management and Governance)
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Abstract

While global water demand continues increasing, the quantity and quality of water resources is decreasing in many regions. Conflicts over competition in the use of water are likely to increase as societies face social, economic and political challenges, especially aggravated by climate change. In this scenario, sustainable management of water resources is a key priority to meet the growing demand for water and to achieve a safe and environmentally sustainable future supply. The main objective of this article was to show an image of the international scientific production related to “Sustainable Water Resources Management” by using the comparative bibliometric study of the documents indexed in the WoS(Web of Science) and Scopus databases as a tool; and to analyze relevant aspects such as their coverage, correlation, overlap, growth, citation, dispersion or concentration, among others. For this purpose, and by means of an advanced search of terms, a representative set of 160 articles in WoS and 210 in Scopus were selected (with a time limit that limited the results to anything published before 2017, including 2017), which form the ad-hoc basis of the analysis. Their significant increase in both the number of articles and citations received in the last 10 years demonstrates the growing interest of the scientific community in its study. Regarding the analysis of the databases, although WoS and Scopus differ in terms of scope, volume of data and coverage policies, both information systems are complementary and non-exclusive. Despite their similarities, Scopus performs better coverage in the specific area of Sustainable Water Resource Management by collecting a greater number of articles and receiving a greater number of citations. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sustainable Water Resources Management; bibliometric study; WoS; Scopus; coverage; overlap Sustainable Water Resources Management; bibliometric study; WoS; Scopus; coverage; overlap
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Durán-Sánchez, A.; Álvarez-García, J.; del Río-Rama, M.C. Sustainable Water Resources Management: A Bibliometric Overview. Water 2018, 10, 1191.

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