Journal of Soils and Sediments

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 3659–3661 | Cite as

Reply to comments on: Mao et al. (2018) “Bibliometric analysis of insights into soil remediation” Journal of Soils and Sediments, 18(7):2520–2534

  • Guozhu MaoEmail author
  • Tongtong Shi
  • Shu Zhang
  • John Crittenden
  • Siyi Guo
  • Huibin Du
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

We are so grateful for the opportunity to respond to questions regarding our recent publication. Please find our reply to the comments from Professor Yuh-Shan Ho as below.

Searching results

Indeed, different databases purchased by different institutes or schools will lead to varying searching results. Moreover, the data in Web of Science is often updated; for example, the results obtained today may be different from the results yesterday using the same keywords, not to mention the comparison of current data with previous data results. Professor Ho pointed out that “Only 1,331 English articles include (contaminated soil, soil contamination*, soil pollution*, or polluted soil), and any of (remediat*, control*, recover*, repair*, and *remediation) in their ‘front page.’” However, it is unclear to us how Professor Ho made this conclusion and received a total number of 1331 papers. As always, we kept all the original data and reexamined it as needed. Almost all of the records...



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guozhu Mao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tongtong Shi
    • 1
  • Shu Zhang
    • 2
  • John Crittenden
    • 3
  • Siyi Guo
    • 4
  • Huibin Du
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Efficient Utilization of Low and Medium Grade Energy, School of Environmental Science and EngineeringTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Global Research Center for Environment and Energy Based on Nanomaterials ScienceNational Institute for Materials ScienceTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, School of Civil and Environmental EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.College of Management and EconomicsTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  6. 6.Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Institute of Policy and ManagementChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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