The extent and impact of intellectual capital research: a two decade analysis

Umesh Bamel*, Vijay Pereira, Manlio Del Giudice, Yama Temouri

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This paper examines the leading publication trends including the extent and impact of intellectual capital research in the Journal of Intellectual Capital (JIC) over a two-decade period (2000–2020). The bibliometric analysis offers the description of publications trends such as key authors, articles, cited references, institutions and countries— in other words the extent and impact in the field. This paper also presents the knowledge structure (including conceptual, intellectual and social structures) of JIC, that is prominent themes, co-citation and bibliographic networks. Design/methodology/approach: In order to achieve research objectives, we collected the bibliographic information of the articles published in JIC for the period 2000 to 2020 from the Scopus database on 11.04.2020. The bibliographic information of 737 documents were analysed using to open source analysis tool, that is bibliometrics package in r software and VOSviewer. These tools were used to create the graphical visualization of bibliographic data on basis of co-occurrence, co-citation and bibliographic coupling. Findings: The results show that the journal is progressing in terms of publication quantity and reputation in the field. To date, 737 documents have been published in JIC, which includes 659 research articles, eight editorials, seven notes and 63 review papers. This paper also portrays the author impact list in terms of most impactful articles published in JIC. Country-wise Italy, Australia, and USA exert maximum influence on JIC scholarship. Originality/value: Bibliographic analysis offers a comprehensive understanding of past trends and presents the future direction of a journal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-400
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number2
Early online date23 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2022

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Funding Information: The article is based on the study funded by the Basic Research Program of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and by the Russian Academic Excellence Project '5-100'.


  • Bibliometric
  • Bibliometrix
  • Citation analysis
  • h-index
  • Intellectual capital disclosure
  • Intellectual capital reporting
  • Journal of Intellectual Capital
  • Knowledge management
  • Scopus


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