Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 3–22 | Cite as

Research on green supply chain: a bibliometric analysis

  • Keivan AmirbagheriEmail author
  • Ana Núñez-Carballosa
  • Laura Guitart-Tarrés
  • José M. Merigó
Original Paper


Recently, the emergent concept of green supply chain has received increasing attention. Although popular among scholars, many literature reviews have only examined GSC from a general point of view or focused on a specific issue related to GSC. This study presents a comprehensive analysis of the influence and productivity of research on GSC from 1995 to 2017 by reporting trends among authors, countries and institutions based on a bibliometric approach. To this end, the study analyzes around 1900 papers on GSC. This study uses the Web of Science Core Collection database to analyze the bibliometric data and the visualization of similarities viewer method to graphically map those data. The graphical analysis uses bibliographic coupling, co-citation, co-authorship and co-occurrence of keywords.

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Green supply chain Bibliometric approach Web of Science VOS viewer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Management Control and Information Systems, School of Economics and BusinessUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.School of Information, Systems and Modelling, Faculty of Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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