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Sources of atmospheric pollution: a bibliometric analysis

Yixi Li, Yuan Wang (), Xue Rui, Yaxiu Li, Yang Li, Huanzhi Wang, Jian Zuo and Yindong Tong
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Yixi Li: Tianjin University
Yuan Wang: Tianjin University
Xue Rui: Tianjin University
Yaxiu Li: Tianjin University
Yang Li: Tianjin University
Huanzhi Wang: Tianjin University
Jian Zuo: University of Adelaide
Yindong Tong: Tianjin University

Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 112, issue 2, 1025-1045

Abstract: Abstract A bibliometric analysis based on Web of Science was carried out to provide a critical analysis of the literature on atmospheric pollution sources during 2006–2015. The result showed that particulate matter represented the core of this research field, and methods of source apportionment such as positive matrix factorization were the mainstream techniques. Five clusters were identified from the keywords network with central node of particulate matter, traffic, heavy metal, elemental carbon and renewable energy respectively. The hotspots and their relationships were illustrated to describe the characteristics of this research field. The USA and China took the leading position, however, their research emphasis were health effect and characteristics of pollutants respectively. International collaboration was mostly conducted within Asia–Pacific countries, and EU countries. For journals, Atmospheric Environment was most productive during the study period while Environmental Science and Technology had highest impact factor in 2015. This study provides an effective approach to obtain a general knowledge of the atmospheric pollution sources and supports a deeper understanding of research directions in the future.

Keywords: Bibliometric analysis; Particulate matters; Source apportionment; Knowledge mapping; Social network analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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