The Rise of 'Trade Liberalization': Bibliometric Analysis of Trade Liberalization Study

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 97-104, March 2017, DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2017.v8n2p97

8 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2017  

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM)

Abubakar Ahmed

University of Malaya (UM)

Gold Lola Kafilah

University of Malaya

Usman Mikail Usman

University of Malaya (UM)

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Date Written: March 6, 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to assess the universal scientific trends and examine the patterns in the intellectual research published on trade liberalization over a period of 35 years (1980-2015). The data were collected from a leading indexing and abstracting database Thomson Reuters Web of Science. The Kruskal-Walis test, ANOVA and Pearson’s correlation were employed in analyzing the retrieved data. Based on the citation trend of first 100 highly cited published articles with the least number of authors are found to have received the highest number of citations. Our result shows that there is actual statistical significance (p˂ 0.001) between the total citations attracted by articles published by 1 author and those published by 3 and 4 authors. The word trade liberalization has become dominant and consistent in the field of the study. These research trend and interest could provide focus to researchers for future research.

Keywords: Trade Liberalization, Research Trends, Number of Authors, Citation Analysis, Research Impact, Research Visibility

JEL Classification: L11, L1, L2, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, P42, P24, P29, Q31, Q32, L17

Suggested Citation

Muhammad, Murtala and Ahmed, Abubakar and Kafilah, Gold Lola and Mikail Usman, Usman and Ale Ebrahim, Nader, The Rise of 'Trade Liberalization': Bibliometric Analysis of Trade Liberalization Study (March 6, 2017). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 97-104, March 2017, DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2017.v8n2p97. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2928551

Murtala Muhammad

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Abubakar Ahmed

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics & Admin
Kuala Lumpur, 50603

Gold Lola Kafilah

University of Malaya ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Usman Mikail Usman

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://https://umresearch.um.edu.my/

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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