Conducting systematic literature reviews and bibliometric analyses

Martina Linnenluecke*, Mauricio Marrone, Abhay Singh

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Literature reviews play an essential role in academic research to gather existing knowledge and to examine the state of a field. However, researchers in business, management and related disciplines continue to rely on cursory and narrative reviews that lack a systematic investigation of the literature. This article details methodological steps for conducting literature reviews in a replicable and scientific fashion. This article also discusses bibliographic mapping approaches to visualise bibliometric information and findings from a systematic literature review. We hope that the insights provided in this paper are useful for researchers at different stages of their careers – ranging from doctoral students who wish to assemble a broad overview of their field of interest to guide their work, to senior researchers who wish to publish authoritative literature reviews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-194
Number of pages20
JournalAustralian Journal of Management
Issue number2
Early online date3 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • bibliographic mapping
  • citation graph
  • entity linking
  • HistCite
  • R. Bibliometrix
  • ResGap
  • science mapping
  • systematic literature review
  • text mining


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