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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 22;16(23). pii: E4654. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16234654.

A Scientometric Review of Resource Recycling Industry.

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College of Management Science, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China.


With rapid economic development and urbanization, a large number of primary resources are consumed and accumulate in society as recyclable resource, which causes great pressure on the environment. The development of the resource recycling industry (RRI) can reduce environmental impacts and achieve sustainable development and green growth. Scholars are paying more attention to the resource recycling industry (RRI), and the related literature continues to increase. There are over 7041 publications covering RRI in the Web of Science database from 1996 to 2018. This paper analyzes the time distribution characteristics of the literature and the status of the scientific research cooperation network using the visualization analysis software CiteSpace. The number of documents increased from 94 in 1996 to a peak of 963 in 2018. There is no relatively stable core author group. The number of papers published by "Chinese Acad Sci" ranks first among all research institutions. Document co-citation analysis and burst detection are adopted to assess the status and emerging trends in the RRI research domain. A publication by M.C. Monte on waste management is the most cited paper. Additionally, "green and sustainable and technology" and "science and technology-other topics" are the latest emerging subject categories in RRI research. Furthermore, "e-waste", "reverse logistics" and "lean manufacturing" are emerging research trends for RRI, and "carbon emissions", "policy", "demolition waste", "supply chain management" and "compressive strength" have become hot topics. These findings may provide inspiration for scholars to search for new research directions and ideas.


CiteSpace; circular economy; green and sustainable development; resource recycling industry; visualization analysis; waste management

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