The term 'Metaverse' first appeared in Neal Stephenson's 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. It was defined as a virtual environment shared through the Internet in which avatars represent persons in three dimensions and users can build what they wish. Since the publication of Stephenson's novel, technology advances have enabled the creation of several Metaverses for popular usage, such as virtual world platforms like World of Warcraft and Second Life. This paper aims to review studies on the Metaverse using bibliometric analysis. The findings include a summary of the most important scientific articles andjournals in the subject area, as well as the most prolific and prominent authors, organisations, and nations. Furthermore, keyword co-occurrence analysis revealed the core research clusters and their sub-themes, allowing for more pertinent debates and viewpoints on vital areas for future research. Finally, the implications for theory and practice have been addressed, offering a comprehensive overview of expected Metaverse impacts on industry and society.

A first bibliometric literature review on Metaverse

Cerchione R.;Riccio E.
2022-01-01

Abstract

The term 'Metaverse' first appeared in Neal Stephenson's 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. It was defined as a virtual environment shared through the Internet in which avatars represent persons in three dimensions and users can build what they wish. Since the publication of Stephenson's novel, technology advances have enabled the creation of several Metaverses for popular usage, such as virtual world platforms like World of Warcraft and Second Life. This paper aims to review studies on the Metaverse using bibliometric analysis. The findings include a summary of the most important scientific articles andjournals in the subject area, as well as the most prolific and prominent authors, organisations, and nations. Furthermore, keyword co-occurrence analysis revealed the core research clusters and their sub-themes, allowing for more pertinent debates and viewpoints on vital areas for future research. Finally, the implications for theory and practice have been addressed, offering a comprehensive overview of expected Metaverse impacts on industry and society.
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