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A bibliometric analysis of mobile learning in the education sector

Farheen Mujeeb Khan (ICFAI Business School, The ICFAI University, Dehradun, India and IMS Unison University, Dehradun, India)
Yuvika Gupta (IMS Unison University, Dehradun, India)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 6 August 2021

Issue publication date: 18 August 2022




This study aims to contribute to literature on mobile learning (m-learning) by proposing four research clusters whereby scholars can expand m-learning research to facilitate effective learning experiences for students.


This study reviews student-centric literature on m-learning since 2010 and presents insights on m-learning while applying well-established bibliometric techniques. Consequently, 722 articles published in the past decade were evaluated by identifying key research areas, most influential authors, countries, journals and organisations. Most influential studies based on number of citations were also examined.


Through article co-citation analysis, four clusters representing m-learning literature were identified: concept of m-learning, application of m-learning in education, designing framework for model learning/acceptance and emerging technologies.


As mobile learning (m-learning) has undergone an evolution from being an emerging field to a significant teaching and research tool, it is pertinent to explore and identify the trends of m-learning research.



Khan, F.M. and Gupta, Y. (2022), "A bibliometric analysis of mobile learning in the education sector", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 338-359.



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