Literature Survey on the “Belt and Road” Initiative: A Bibliometric Analysis

Literature Survey on the “Belt and Road” Initiative: A Bibliometric Analysis

Saleh Shahriar (Northwest A&F University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8980-8.ch005

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to analyze some peer-reviewed publications to find out the key research journals, contents, and emerging issues of the “B&R” Initiative led by China. Based on the tools and techniques of bibliometric approach, a total of 210 research papers were extracted systematically from the Scopus, Science Direct, and the Web of Science databases. The research methods integrated in this chapters are systematic literature review, bibliometric citation, authorships and affiliations, and contents analyses. This chapter argues that there are growing academic interests and attentions in the B&R research across the world. The principal reasons for the increase in research with regard to the B&R Initiative are the appearance of publications in prestigious journals, the global economic rise of China and its model of development, and the policy priorities of the government of China. The results show that a total of 32 peer-reviewed research papers were published in 10 prestigious journals.
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Research Motivation And Methodology

Ethridge said, ‘The central purpose of the literature review is to provide the researcher and the reader with an understanding of the body of literature as it relates to the current or proposed research. The purpose includes an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the prior research’ (Ethridge, 2004). I have followed the standard procedures of data collection; such as, identification, screening, eligibility, and inclusion of studies (Khan, Kunz, Kleijnen, & Antes, 2003; Xiao & Watson, 2017). This paper attempts to collect, appraise, and synthesize available empirical evidence that meets pre-defined criteria in order to achieve the research purpose. There are different types of literature review techniques; such as, systematic literature review, critical review, content analysis, meta-analysis, bibliometric analysis, citation analysis, word and co-word analysis, co-authors and affiliations analysis etc. The application of systematic literature review is observed in multiple disciplines (Fleary, Joseph, & Pappagianopoulos, 2018; Piccarozzi, Aquilani, & Gatti, 2018; Pisani, Reyes, & García, 2009; Ritz, Brewer, & Neumann, 2016).

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