Bibliometric Analysis of Sustainable Clothing Design: A Web of Science-Based Study (2014-2023)

Sun Shuyan, Zainudin bin Md Nor, Rohana Binti Zur


To pinpoint the hotspots, trends, and major themes of study on this subject, the authors conducted a thorough survey of the research literature on green clothing design from 2014 to 2023 using bibliometric approaches. This study provides the academic community with a knowledge map for research on green clothing design, reveals correlations between various themes, and conducts data statistics and visualization of papers on the Web of Science using CiteSpace. Eight primary topics have been identified, including conjoint analysis, clothing design, sustainable fashion, recycling, sustainable business models, ethics, teenagers, eco-fashion design, and many other aspects. The research results indicate that the field of sustainable clothing design is experiencing an increasing trend each year. These themes serve as a roadmap for further research and represent the fundamental concerns on which academics in the field of green apparel design focus. The evolution of research hotspots in this subject is also revealed by this study. Subsequent studies eventually broadened to include a variety of elements that impact customers’ purchasing decisions, whereas earlier research mostly concentrated on consumers’ perceptions and behavior about green products. The authors also note that there is an interdisciplinary trend in this field of study, combining ideas and approaches from sociology, psychology, economics, and other disciplines. This study closes a research gap in the subject of green clothing design and provides the academic community a more thorough understanding of the state of the field present research. It also offers a wider viewpoint and research methodology for future studies.


Keywords: sustainable design, clothing, CiteSpace, visual analysis.



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