What's the state of energy studies research? A content analysis of three leading journals from 1999 to 2008

D'Agostino, Anthony Louis, Sovacool, Benjamin K, Trott, Kirsten, Ramos, Catherine Regalado, Saleem, Saleena and Ong, Yanchun (2011) What's the state of energy studies research? A content analysis of three leading journals from 1999 to 2008. Energy, 36 (1). pp. 508-519. ISSN 0360-5442

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Abstract

We present the results of a content analysis conducted on 2502 papers written by 5318 authors published between 1999 and 2008 in three leading energy studies journals: Energy Policy, The Energy Journal, and The Electricity Journal. Our study finds that authors were most likely to be male, based in North America, possess a background in science or engineering, and affiliated with a university or research institute. Articles were likely to be written by authors working within disciplinary boundaries and using research methods from an economics/engineering background. The US was the most written about country among papers that adopted a country focus and electricity was the most frequently discussed energy source. Energy markets and public policy instruments were the most popular focus areas. According to these findings, we identify five thematic areas whose further investigation could enhance the energy studies field and increase the policy-relevance of contemporary research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 16:20
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 14:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58236
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