A Bibliometric Analysis of Electronic Government Research

A Bibliometric Analysis of Electronic Government Research

Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-713-3.ch012


The main purpose of this chapter is to provide readers an exhaustive list of references focused upon electronic government related issues.The chapter also presents information on a series of variables which were extracted after conducting a bibliometric analysis of 1,037 articles on various aspects of electronic government research, published in 19 peer reviewed journals between 1986 and 2008. Results of this research may have implications for authors/researchers, journal and book editors, reviewers and universities.
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The method utilised in this study is adapted from previous studies which have employed Bibliometrics approach to analyse literature on specific topics (Dwivedi et al. 2008abc). In line with previous studies (Dwivedi et al. 2008abc) this research also made use of the academic journals database provided by Thomson Scientific (previously known as the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)). The Web of Science® product provides two main search-techniques i.e. ‘General Search’ and ‘Advanced Search’. The search-technique used within this research exercise was the ‘General Search’. The main reason for employing a ‘General Search’ approach was simply that its easy to use characteristics facilitate the repetition of searches without any confusion, henceforth is straightforward to obtain consistent results in repetitive searches provided the same search criteria are applied (Dwivedi et al. 2008abc).

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