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Scientometrics Analysis on the Intellectual Structure of the Research Field of Bioenergy

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Bioenergy has been one of the hottest topics in energy science and engineering. This paper aims to assess the evolution of bioenergy as a research field by using scientometrics and scientific visualization techniques. CiteSpaceII was used to map the intellectual structure of bioenergy field based on 2237 articles in ISI Web of Science database on this topic between 1973 and 2012, and the co-citation maps analyzed and visualized here show the major areas of research, prominent articles, major knowledge producers and journals in the bioenergy field. The article written by Searchinger et al. (“Use of US croplands for biofuels increases greenhouse gases through emissions from landuse change,” 2008) appears to be the most influential source as it was cited the most, the article by Fargione et al. (“Land clearing and the biofuel carbon debt,” 2008) and the article by Farrell et al. (“Ethanol can contribute to energy and environmental goals,” 2006) are respectively the second and third most highly cited document. Biomass and Bioenergy (BIOMASS BIOENERG.) is the most frequently cited journal by the authors writing on the research field of bioenergy. IPCC—Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is most frequently co-cited author, followed by FAO—Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Lewandowski. The hottest keywords in this field appear to be bioenergy, biomass, energy, biofuels, ethanol, switchgrass and management.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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  • The goal of the creation of a biobased economy is challenging to agriculture, forestry, academia, government and industry. The extractable resources of the Earth are finite, regardless of the quibble over when they will be depleted. The economic, political and social demands for biobased chemicals, materials and energy are expected to radically transform the materials industries, particularly the plastics industry as well as the biofuel industry. These changes will be based on the principles of sustainability, eco-efficiency, industrial ecology, and green chemistry and engineering. In keeping with the growth of knowledge in this field, there is a strong need for a forum to share original research related to biobased materials and bioenergy. The Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy (JBMB) has been created as an international peer-reviewed periodical to fulfill the need for communication in these research areas. This journal will encompass related research activities in all fields of science, engineering and the life sciences.
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