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António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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The Scientific Research On Natural Capital: A Bibliometric Network Analysis

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 6(4) (2018) 381--391 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2018.12.010

Elvira Buonocore, Flavio Picone, Giovanni Fulvio Russo, Pier Paolo Franzese

Laboratory of Ecodynamics and Sustainable Development, Department of Science and Technology, Parthenope University of Naples, Centro Direzionale, Isola C4, 80143 Naples, Italy

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Natural capital can be defined as the stock of natural resources generating a “natural income” in terms of valuable flows of different types of ecosystem goods and services. According to “strong sustainability”, natural capital is irreplaceable with manufactured capital and it ensures a life support system vital for human well-being. In this study, the global scientific literature on natural capital was explored by performing a bibliometric network analysis. The investigation of the networks of authors, countries, journals, and keywords allowed a comprehensive overview of the scientific literature on natural capital. Results showed an increase in the attention given to the topic of natural capital worldwide. The combined use of social network analysis and bibliometrics proved to be a promising approach for exploring the scientific literature by applying systems thinking in bibliometric science.


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