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Twenty years of the Journal of Knowledge Management: a bibliometric analysis

Magaly Gaviria-Marin (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona and Associate researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Administration Sciences of Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile)
Jose M. Merigo (Department of Management Control and Information Systems, School of Economics and Business, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile)
Simona Popa (Department of Business Administration, Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia, Murcia, Spain)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 4 June 2018

Issue publication date: 18 October 2018




In 2017, the Journal of Knowledge Management (JKM) celebrates its 20th anniversary. This study aims to show an updated analysis of their publications to provide a general overview of the journal, focusing on a bibliometric analysis of its publications between 1997 and 2016.


The methodology involves two procedures: a performance analysis and a science mapping analysis of JKM. The performance analysis uses a series of bibliometric indicators such as h-index, productivity and citations. This analysis considers different dimensions, including papers, authors, universities and countries. VOSviewer software is used to carry out the mapping of science of JKM, which, based on the concurrence of key words and co-citation points of view, seeks to graphically analyze the structure of the references of this journal.


There is a positive evolution in the number of publications (although with certain oscillations), which shows a growing interest in publishing in JKM. The USA and the UK lead the publications in this journal, although at a regional level, Europe is the most productive. The low participation of emerging economies in JKM is also observed.

Practical implications

The paper will identify the leading trends in the journal in terms of papers, authors, institutions, countries, journals and keywords. This study is useful for obtaining a quick snapshot of what is happening in the journal.


From the historical record of JKM publications, this study presents an exclusive bibliometric analysis of its publications until 2016 and identifies its main trends.



Gaviria-Marin, M., Merigo, J.M. and Popa, S. (2018), "Twenty years of the Journal of Knowledge Management: a bibliometric analysis", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 22 No. 8, pp. 1655-1687.



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