Structural cartography for literature review: Revealing the underlying structure of a literature through a bibliographic atlas

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Joaquim Heck
Ion Georgiou


This paper presents the results of a methodological study that established a specific method for historical and bibliographic analysis known as structural cartography for literature review. Structural cartography is a rigorous and interdisciplinary method that reveals the structure of a literature knowledge domain through the methodological notions found in historical research, bibliographic investigation, citation network analysis and cartography. This paper intends to provide readers with a broad understanding of the method of structural cartography for literature review and how to apply it. Finally, this article presents twelve ways of approaching a literature structure by using the bibliographic atlas elaborated by means of structural cartography for literature review.


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HECK, J.; GEORGIOU, I. Structural cartography for literature review: Revealing the underlying structure of a literature through a bibliographic atlas. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 59, n. 2, p. 121–143, 2019. DOI: 10.1590/10.1590/S0034-759020190205. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 apr. 2024.


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