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Examining the evolution and convergence of wood modification and environmental impact assessment in research

Michael Burnard (1-2-3)   , Marko Posavčević (4), Edo Kegel (5)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 6, Pages 879-885 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2390-010
Published: Nov 06, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

Research Articles

Collection/Special Issue: COST action FP1407
Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach
Guest Editors: Giacomo Goli, Andreja Kutnar, Dennis Jones, Dick Sandberg

We performed a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed publications on wood modification and environmental impact assessment of wood retrieved from the Scopus® database. We used data mining and network analysis tools to investigate the development of the field over time. We explore both wood modification and environmental impact assessment separately, and investigate where the publication record overlaps. Our research revealed that in recent years both topics have produced sharp increases in the number of publications, and have diversified greatly in recent years. Additionally, there were differences in the author collaboration patterns between each field. Fewer authors have contributed over a longer period of time in the wood modification publication record, whereas more authors have contributed over a shorter period of time to the environmental impact assessment of wood record, but they tend to collaborate less frequently. These methods allow researchers and industry members to quickly explore trends in research topics, the number of publications, where research is being conducted, and the growing network of researchers publishing together.


Bibliometrics, Data Mining, Network Analysis, Wood Modification, Environmental Impact Assessment, COST Action FP1407, Wood

Authors’ address

Michael Burnard
University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute, Muzejski trg 2, 6000-Koper (Slovenia)
Michael Burnard
Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (InnoRenew CoE), Livade 6, 6310-Izola (Slovenia)
Michael Burnard
Abelium, d.o.o., research and development, Kajuhova ulica 90, 1000-Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Marko Posavčević
University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology, Glagoljaška 8, 6000-Koper (Slovenia)
Edo Kegel
Edo Kegel Consultancy & Advice, Veerpoortwal 20, 6981BS Doesburg (The Netherlands)

Corresponding author

Michael Burnard


Burnard M, Posavčević M, Kegel E (2017). Examining the evolution and convergence of wood modification and environmental impact assessment in research. iForest 10: 879-885. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2390-010

Academic Editor

Giacomo Goli

Paper history

Received: Feb 03, 2017
Accepted: Aug 05, 2017

First online: Nov 06, 2017
Publication Date: Dec 31, 2017
Publication Time: 3.10 months

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