Title: A decade of Portuguese research in e-government: evolution, current standing, and ways forward

Authors: Gonçalo Paiva Dias

Addresses: School of Technology and Management of Águeda (ESTGA), Research Unit for Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP), University of Aveiro, Apartado 473, 3754 – 909, Águeda, Portugal

Abstract: In this paper, we present an investigation of the Portuguese research on e-government. Bibliometric techniques are used to explore all the documents published by researchers affiliated to Portuguese institutions from 2005 to 2014 and listed in the Scopus® database. Research production, impact, source types, language used, subject areas, topics, scopes, methods, authors, institutions, networks, and international cooperation are analysed and discussed. We conclude that so that Portuguese research on e-government can evolve, more researchers should be involved, international cooperation should be developed, and more attention should be given to the study of the reasons behind the very good results of the country in the provision of e-government services, as measured by the international rankings. By establishing the evolution and current standing of e-government research in Portugal and exploring the ways forward, our conclusions may prove useful to e-government researchers, research managers, and research policy makers.

Keywords: e-government research; bibliometrics; Portugal; content analysis; co-authorship analysis; electronic government; international cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2016.078415

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2016 Vol.12 No.3, pp.201 - 222

Received: 21 May 2015
Accepted: 13 Jan 2016

Published online: 04 Aug 2016 *

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