E-Waste Research: A Scientometric Assessment of Global Publications Output during 2007-16

B.M. Gupta, S.M. Dhawan, Ashok Kumar, P. Visakhi


The present study examined 3468 global publications in e-waste research, as indexed in Scopus database during 2007-16. E-waste research registered an annual average growth rate of (20.90%) and averaged 13.65 citations per paper. Among broad subjects, environmental science accounted for the highest publications share (52.13%) in e-waste research, followed by engineering (28.81%), chemistry (12.95%), materials science (10.76%), and others. The top 20 productive organizations and authors accounted for (25.29%) and (16.49%) global publications share respectively and (44.37%) and (40.11%) global citations share respectively during the period. The global e-waste research (2537) is widely scattered across journals, with the top 15 most productive journals accounted for (42.81%) share of total output reported in journal medium during the period. Waste Management contributed the largest number of papers (254), followed by Environment Science & Technology (132 papers), Journal of Hazardous Materials (101 papers), Waste Management & Research (91 papers), Resource Conservation & Recycling (89 papers), Chemosphere (71 papers), Science of the Total Environment (65 papers), etc. during 2007-15. 

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