Skip Navigation Links
Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management
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

Fax: +86 29 82668723 Email:

Bibliometric Analysis of the International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production in Brazil

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 2(3) (2014) 281--291 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2014.09.007

Geraldo C. Oliveira Neto$^{1}$; Fábio Ytoshi Shibao$^{2}$

$^{1}$ Master Program in Production Engineering, Ninth of July University (Universidade Nove de Julho - UNINOVE), Fran-scisco Matarazzo, 612, Barra Funda, Zip Code: 01504.001, Brazil

$^{2}$ Master Program in Environmental Management and Sustainability, Ninth of July University (Universidade Nove de Julho - UNINOVE), Franscisco Matarazzo, 612, Barra Funda, Zip Code: 01504.001, Brazil

Download Full Text PDF



The objective of this study was to evaluate the set of articles about cleaner production published in International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production (IWACP) Brazil in 2007. The methodology adopted was a bibliometric analysis using the UCINET-Draw software, which quantified and evaluated the scientific production inquestion in qualita-tive and quantitative terms. The primary constructs evaluated were as follows: (i) article thematics, methods used and segmentsresearched, (ii) relationships between thematics, segments and methods, (iii) the evolu-tion and the rate of rejection of articles from the IWACP (2007) for pub-lication in the Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production (SJCP) (18) (2010) through an analysis of the citations in the ISI Web of Knowledge and a content analysis. The results demonstrate the general panorama of the IWACP (2007), allowing the proposition of future stud-ies in sustainability that focus on thematics, segments and methods. The results also show that the quality of the articles published in the SJCP (18) (2010) from the IWACP (2007) is similar to the other articles pub-lished in the Journal of Cleaner Production (JCP).


The authors thank reviewers for their valuable comments that improved the text substantially, and especially the comments and corrections of Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti, Dra. Silvia H. Bonilla, Dra. Cecilia M. V. B. de Almeida and Dr. Feni D. R. Agostinho, who always leads us to think more deeply about our statements and conclusions.


  1. [1]  1st International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (2007), The role of Cleaner Production in the Sustainable Development of Modern Societies, Conference Proceedings, 1-166.
  2. [2]  2nd International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (2009), Key Elements for a Sustainable World Energy, Water and Climate Change, Conference Proceedings, 1-215.
  3. [3]  3rd International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (2011), Cleaner Production Initiatives and Challenges for a Sustainable World, Conference Proceedings, 1-276.
  4. [4]  4th International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (2013), Integrating Cleaner Production into Sustainable Strategies, Conference Proceedings, 1-260.
  5. [5]  Almeida, C.M.V.B., Rodrigues, A.J.M., Bonilla, S.H. and Giannetti, B.F. (2010), Emergy as a tool for Ecodesign: evaluating materials selection for beverage packages in Brazil, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 32-43.
  6. [6]  Assefa, S.G. and Rorissa, A. (2012), A Bibliometric Mapping of the Structure of STEM Education using Co-Word Analysis, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1002/asi.22917.
  7. [7]  Avila. L.V., Madruga, L.R.R.G., Zamberlan, J.F. and Barros, I.C.F. (2013), Water and sustainability: a survey of scientific production and hot topics published in the last decade, Engenharia Ambiental - Espírito Santo do Pinhal, 10(2): 21.
  8. [8]  Bakker, F.G.A., Groenewegen, A.P. and Hond, F.D. (2005), A Bibliometric Analysis of 30 Years of Research and Theory on Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Social Performance, Business & Society, 44(3): 283-317.
  9. [9]  Bardin, L. (1986), El análisis de contenido. Madrid: Ediciones Akal.
  10. [10]  Barrios, M., Borrego, A., Vilaginés, A., Ollé, C. and Somoza, M. (2008), A bibliometric study of psychological research on tourism, Scientometrics, Budapeste, 77(3): 453-467.
  11. [11]  Battistella, L.F., Grohmann, M.Z.G. and Velter, A. (2013), The study of sustainability in administration: A research of the hot topics published in the last decade, African Journal of Business Management, 7(30): 2966-2975.
  12. [12]  Bond, A.J., Viegas, C.V., Coelho, C.C.S.R. and Selig, P.M. (2010), Informal knowledge processes: the underpinning for sustainability outcomes in EIA? Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 6-13.
  13. [13]  Bonilla, S.H., Guarnetti, R.L., Almeida, C.M.V.B. and Giannetti, B.F. (2010), Sustainability assessment of a giant bamboo plantation in Brazil: exploring the influence of labour, time and space, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 83-91.
  14. [14]  Borgatti, S.P. (2002), NetDraw: Graph visualization software. Harvard: Analytic Technologies.
  15. [15]  Brito, R.P. and Berardi, P.C. (2010), Competitive advantage and sustainable supply chain management: a meta-analysis, Revista de Administração de Empresas, 50(2): 155-169.
  16. [16]  Buter, R.K. and Van Raan, A.F.J. (2013), Identification and analysis of the highly cited knowledge base of sustainability science, Sustainability Science, 8: 253-267.
  17. [17]  Cavalett, O. and Ortega, E. (2010), Integrated environmental assessment of biodiesel production from soybean in Brazil, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 55-70.
  18. [18]  Chai, K. and Xiao, X. (2012), Understanding design research: A bibliometric analysis of Design Studies (1996 - 2010), Design Studies, 33: 24-43.
  19. [19]  Cooper, H.M. and Lindsay, J.L. (1998), Research synthesis and meta-analysis. In: L. Beckman, D.J.R. (Eds), Handbook of applied social research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  20. [20]  Costa, G.S. and Boente, D.R. (2012), Analysis of the characteristic of the Brazilian papers on the life cycle between 2000 and 2011, Revista Ambiente Contábil - UFRN - Natal-RN, 4(1): 106-119.
  21. [21]  Dassisti, M. (2012), Sustainable Manufacturing as a Game: A Proposal of Framework, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review, 5(4): 66-72.
  22. [22]  De Nooy, W., Mrvar, A. and Batagelj, V. (2005), Exploratory social network analysis with Pajek, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  23. [23]  Du, H., Wei, L., Brown, M.A., Wang, Y. and Shi, Z. (2013), A bibliometric analysis of recent energy efficiency literatures: an expanding and shifting focus, Energy Efficiency, 6: 177-190.
  24. [24]  García, V., Pongrácza, E., Phillips, P.S. and Keiskia, R.L. (2013), From waste treatment to resource efficiency in the chemical industry: recovery of organic solvents from waters containing electrolytes by evaporation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 39: 146- 153.
  25. [25]  Giannetti, B.F., Ogura, Y., Bonilla, S.H. and Almeida, C.M.V.B. (2012), Accounting emergy flows to determine the best production model of a coffee plantation, Energy Policy, 39: 7399-7407.
  26. [26]  Glavic, P. and Lukman, R. (2007), Review of sustainability terms definitions, Journal of Cleaner Production, 15(1): 1875-1885.
  27. [27]  Hanneman, R.A. and Riddle, M. (2005), Introduction to social network methods, Riverside: University of California.
  28. [28]  Hayes, A.F. and Krippendorff, K. (2007), Answering the call for a standard reliability measure for coding data, Communication Methods and Measures, 1: 77-89.
  29. [29]  Hoejmose, S.U. and Adrien-Kirby, A.J. (2012), Socially and environmentally responsible procurement: A literature review and future research agenda of a managerial issue in the 21st century, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, 18: 232-242.
  30. [30]  Jung, J.J. (2011), 2011 IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing.
  31. [31]  Kneipp, J.M., Rosa, L.A.B., Bichueti, R.S., Madruga, L.R.R.M. and Schuch Jr., V.F. (2011), Emergency of the sustainable innovation thematic: an analysis of scientific production, Revista de Administração da UFSM, Santa Maria, 4(3): 442-457.
  32. [32]  Leite Filho, G.A. (2006), Padrões de produtividade de autores em periódicos e congressos na área de contabilidade no Brasil: um estudo bibliométrico. In: Congresso USP de Controladoria e Contabilidade, Proceedings.
  33. [33]  Leonidou, C.N. and Leonidou, L.C. (2011), Research into environmental marketing/management: a bibliographic analysis, European Journal of Marketing, 45(1/2): 68-103.
  34. [34]  Lu, L.Y.Y. and Liu, J.S. (2013), The knowledge diffusion paths of corporate social responsibility - from 1970 to 2011, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, DOI: 10.1002/csr.1309.
  35. [35]  Machado, C.G., Manfrin, P.M., Lima, E.P., Silva, W.V. Maciel, C.O. (2012), Sustainability operations management: an overview of research trends. Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference G. Lim and J.W. Herrmann.
  36. [36]  Mancini, S.D., Schwartzman, J.A.S., Nogueira, A.R., Kagoharaa, D.A. and Zanin, M. (2010), Additional steps in mechanical recycling of PET, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 92-100.
  37. [37]  Manfrin, P.M., Lima, E.P., Oliveira, A.L.G. and Costa, S.E.G. (2011), Sustainability: the evolution of the theme in operations management - a literature review. XVII International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property: Production Engineering Challenges in Brazil Consolidation in the World Economic Scenario.
  38. [38]  Ometto, A.R. and Roma, W.N.L. (2010), Atmospheric impacts of the life cycle emissions of fuel ethanol in Brazil: based on chemical exergy, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 71-76.
  39. [39]  Pereira, C.L.F. and Ortega, E. (2010), Sustainability assessment of large-scale ethanol production from sugarcane, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 77-82.
  40. [40]  Pereira, G.M.C., Yen-Tsangb, C., Manzini, R.B., Almeida, N.V. (2011), Socio-environmental sustainability: a bibliometric study on the evolution of the concept in the area of operations management, Produção, 21(4): 610-619.
  41. [41]  Pigosso, D.C.A., Zanette, E.T., Guelere Filho, A., Ometto, A.R. and Rozenfeld, H. (2010), Ecodesign methods focused on remanufacturing, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 21-31.
  42. [42]  Pilkington, A. and Fitzgerald, R. (2006), Operations management themes, concepts and relationships: a forward retrospective of IJOPM, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 26(11): 1255-1275.
  43. [43]  Pilkington, A. and Meredith, J. (2009), The evolution of the intellectual structure of operations management - 1980-2006: a citation/ co-citation analysis, Journal of Operations Management, 27(3): 185-202.
  44. [44]  Poser, C., Guenther, E. and Orlitzky, M. (2012), Shades of green: using computer-aided qualitative data analysis to explore different aspects of corporate environmental performance, Journal of Management Control, 22: 413-450.
  45. [45]  Quivy, R. and Campenhoudt, L.V. (1998), Manual de Investiga??o em Ciências Sociais. 2nd. ed. Lisboa: Gradiva.
  46. [46]  Radosevic, S. (2008), A review of a literature on innovation, with a focus on policy and institutional implications. Paper prepared for the World Bank and presented at Globelics/Prime Conference, Mexico City.
  47. [47]  Ramírez, J.A. and Restrepo, M.R. (2012), Scientific Research Analysis of Sectoral Innovation Systems, Technology Management for Emerging Technologies (PICMET), 2012 Proceedings of PICMET, 12: 1904-1909.
  48. [48]  Ribeiro, F.M. and Silva G.A (2010). Life-cycle inventory for hydroelectric generation: a Brazilian case study, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 44-54.
  49. [49]  Rocha, A.C., Ceretta, G.F., Avila, L.V. and Camargo, C.R. (2012), Electronic waste: a survey of scientific production and hot topics published in the Web of Science database in the last decade, Estudos Tecnológicos em Engenharia, 8(2): 36-48.
  50. [50]  Rocha, A.C., Rosa, L.B., Camargo, C.R., Zamberlan, J.F. and Gomes, C.M. (2013), Supply chain management and sustainability: a bibliometric study of scientific production in the Web of Science database, Revista Brasileira de Administração Científica, Aquidabã, 4(1): 155-170.
  51. [51]  Rosa, F.S., Ensslin, S.R., Ensslin, L. and Lunkes, R.J. (2012a), Environmental disclosure management: a constructivist case, Management Decision, 50(6): 1117-1136.
  52. [52]  Rosa, F.S., Lunkes, R.J., Pfitscher, E.D., Feliu, V.R. and Soler, C.C. (2012b), Environmental Accounting in Spain: a structured process of review and theoretical reference analysis Environmental Accounting, Contabilidad y Negocios, 7(14): 23-48.
  53. [53]  Santos, W.R. and Carneiro, T.C.J. (2013), Organizational innovation and performance: a study of scientific publications from the Web of Knowledge database, Revista Interdisciplinar Científica Aplicada, Blumenau, 7(3): 75-96.
  54. [54]  Schiederig, T., Tietze, F. and Herstatt, C. (2012), Green innovation in technology and innovation management - an exploratory literature review, R&D Management, 42(2): 180-192.
  55. [55]  Scott, J. (2000), Social network analysis: a handbook. 2nd. ed. London: Sage Publications.
  56. [56]  Silva, M.C. and Teixeira, A.A.C. (2011), A bibliometric account of the evolution of EE in the last two decades is ecological economics (becoming) a post-normal science? Ecological Economics, 70: 849-862.
  57. [57]  Taticchi, P., Tonelli, F. and Pasqualino, R. (2013), Performance Measurement of Sustainable Supply Chains: A Literature Review and a Research Agenda, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 62(8): 782-804.
  58. [58]  Taylor, A. and Taylor, M. (2009), Operations management research: contemporary themes, trends and potential future directions, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 29(12): 1316-1340.
  59. [59]  Vaughter, P., Wright, T., McKenzie, M. and Lidstone, L. (2013), Greening the Ivory Tower: A Review of Educational Research on Sustainability in Post-Secondary Education, Sustainability, 5: 2252-2271.
  60. [60]  Velter, A.N., Battistella, L.F., Grohmann, M.Z. and Carpes, A.M. (2010), The study of sustainability in administration: a survey of the "Hot Topics" published in the last decade. XIII SEMEAD Seminários em Administração.
  61. [61]  Yanhua, Z., Song, H., Hongyan, L. and Beibei, N. (2011), Global Environmental Impact Assessment Research Trends (1973-2009), Procedia Environmental Sciences, 11: 1499-1507.
  62. [62]  Yin, C.Y. (2009), Bibliometric analysis of journal articles published by Southeast Asian chemical engineering researchers, Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 14(3): 1-13.
  63. [63]  Wasserman, S. and Faust, K. (1994), Social network analysis: Methods and applications. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  64. [64]  Watts, D.J. and Strogatz, S.H. (1998), Collective dynamics of 'small-world' networks, Nature, 393: 440-444.
  65. [65]  Zapata, C. and Nieuwenhuis, P. (2010), Exploring innovation in the automotive industry: new technologies for cleaner cars, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1): 14-20.