Bibliometric analysis of Life Cycle Assessment articles visible in Scopus and Web of Science

  • María Concepción Martínez-Rodríguez Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo, Ciudad de México, México, México
  • Sara Milena Aponte-Gaona Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, México, México
  • Ana Laura Cervantes-Nájera Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo, Ciudad de México, México, México
Palabras clave: Documentary analysis, decision making, environmental impact, life cycle assessment, sustainable development, (UNESCO Thesaurus).


The interest and concern generated in recent years about the environment has increased. Countries have signed treaties and agreements in search of sustainable development with the goal of an environmental, social, and economic balance. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been established in this context as an international tool of great utility in different areas to identify and quantify the environmental loads of a process or product. In this article, a bibliometric analysis is carried out using the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus databases about LCA, indicating the values of scientific production in the period 2000-2020, by country, organization, and subject. Finally, a mapping for the keywords was performed using the VosViewer software.


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Chiriboga, G., De La Rosa, A., Molina, C., Velarde, S., & Carvajal C, G. (2020). Energy Return on Investment (EROI) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biofuels in Ecuador. Heliyon, 6(6), e04213.

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Martínez-Rodríguez, M., Aponte-Gaona, S., & Cervantes-Nájera, A. (2024). Bibliometric analysis of Life Cycle Assessment articles visible in Scopus and Web of Science. CIENCIAMATRIA, 10(18), 103-117.
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