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Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Emergency Versus General Climate Research: Historical (1910-2020) and Bibliometric Trends of Publications

Version 1 : Received: 28 December 2020 / Approved: 29 December 2020 / Online: 29 December 2020 (14:44:44 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 1 January 2021 / Approved: 4 January 2021 / Online: 4 January 2021 (11:00:26 CET)
Version 3 : Received: 1 May 2021 / Approved: 3 May 2021 / Online: 3 May 2021 (17:01:28 CEST)

How to cite: Santos, R.M.; Bakhshoodeh, R. Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Emergency Versus General Climate Research: Historical (1910-2020) and Bibliometric Trends of Publications. Preprints 2020, 2020120731 Santos, R.M.; Bakhshoodeh, R. Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Emergency Versus General Climate Research: Historical (1910-2020) and Bibliometric Trends of Publications. Preprints 2020, 2020120731

Abstract

This article presents and discusses analytical data on the scientific publication record from 1910 to 2020 on two topics: "climate" and "climate change/global warming/climate emergency". The goal is to visualize how the publication record on these two topics has evolved over time, from different classification perspectives (year, country, source and organization). Three hypotheses are tested using data collected from Web of Science and various graphical representations of the data. It is found that research output related to the Earth’s contemporary changing climate overtook that of general climate research in 2011, and the publication ratio has been expanding in the last decade. There are significant differences in the publication countries and sources between the two topics, and conversely less significant differences in terms of organizations publishing these works. Differentiation factors that affect the level of research output and engagement on the climate challenge include: island versus landlocked nations, specialized versus general scientific journals, academic versus institutional organizations. The future of the publication records is discussed, such as the emergence of new terms to refer to the climate challenge, such as “climate emergency”.

Subject Areas

Bibliometric Analysis; Scientometrics; Human Influence on Climate; Natural Control of Climate; Climatic and Non-climatic Effects on Living Organisms; Improving Climate Monitoring; Climate Variability; Climate Models; CO2

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 3 May 2021
Commenter: Rafael M. Santos
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Revised manuscript with added analyses, supplementary file, and a second author.
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