The Rise of “Trade Liberalization”: Bibliometric Analysis of Trade Liberalization Study

Murtala Muhammad, Abubakar Ahmed, Gold Kafilah Lola, Usman Mikail Usman, Nader Ale Ebrahim


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.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2017.v8n2p97

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