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Journal of Intellectual Capital: a review of emerging themes and future trends

Marco Bellucci (University of Florence, Florence, Italy)
Giacomo Marzi (Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Beatrice Orlando (University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy)
Francesco Ciampi (University of Florence, Florence, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 18 July 2020

Issue publication date: 21 May 2021




This article aims to provide a bibliometric and systematic literature analysis of studies published in the Journal of Intellectual Capital (JIC) from 2014 to 2018 in order to highlight emerging themes and future trends.


The analysis focused on 187 papers published on JIC over a period of five years. A scientometric approach to data mining enabled the detection of patterns in the dataset. Precisely, the investigation was conducted by integrating a bibliometric analysis on VOSviewer with a systematic literature review.


Four main streams of research on JIC emerged in the years of the analysis: reporting and disclosure of intellectual capital; intellectual capital research in universities, education and public sector; knowledge management; intellectual capital, financial performance, and market value.

Research limitations/implications

The study offers valid insights to the topics covered by the Journal of Intellectual Capital by identifying the main research gaps and trends, along with future research avenues.


Prior scholars mostly focused on systematic literature reviews, whilst the use of bibliometric methods generally seems to be a missing tile in the research domain. Also, none of the extant studies has focused on the Journal of Intellectual Capital with reference to the 2014–2018 period. The use of both bibliometric and systematic approaches to literature review delivered extremely fine-tuned results in terms of factors such as citations, contents and evolution of clusters over time.



Bellucci, M., Marzi, G., Orlando, B. and Ciampi, F. (2021), "Journal of Intellectual Capital: a review of emerging themes and future trends", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 744-767.



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