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Global informetric perspective studies on translational medical research.

Yao Q, Lyu PH, Ma FC, Yao L, Zhang SJ - BMC Med Inform Decis Mak (2013)

Bottom Line: G7 countries are the leading nations for translational medical research.Some developing countries, such as P.R China, also play an important role in the communication of translational research.The USA and its institutions play a dominant role in the production, collaboration, citations and high quality articles.

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Affiliation: School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, People's Republic of China.

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Background: Translational medical research literature has increased rapidly in the last few decades and played a more and more important role during the development of medicine science. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the global performance of translational medical research during the past few decades.

Methods: Bibliometric, social network analysis, and visualization technologies were used for analyzing translational medical research performance from the aspects of subject categories, journals, countries, institutes, keywords, and MeSH terms. Meanwhile, the co-author, co-words and cluster analysis methods were also used to trace popular topics in translational medical research related work.

Results: Research output suggested a solid development in translational medical research, in terms of increasing scientific production and research collaboration. We identified the core journals, mainstream subject categories, leading countries, and institutions in translational medical research. There was an uneven distribution of publications at authorial, institutional, and national levels. The most commonly used keywords that appeared in the articles were "translational research", "translational medicine", "biomarkers", "stroke", "inflammation", "cancer", and "breast cancer".

Conclusions: The subject categories of "Research & Experimental Medicine", "Medical Laboratory Technology", and "General & Internal Medicine" play a key role in translational medical research both in production and in its networks. Translational medical research and CTS, etc. are core journals of translational research. G7 countries are the leading nations for translational medical research. Some developing countries, such as P.R China, also play an important role in the communication of translational research. The USA and its institutions play a dominant role in the production, collaboration, citations and high quality articles. The research trends in translational medical research involve drug design and development, pathogenesis and treatment of disease, disease model research, evidence-based research, and stem and progenitor cells.

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Mentions: As shown in Figure 10, most work on the translational medical research was done by one to five researchers, most notably by one scientist, a mainstream trend of all research activity. Some of the translational medical research studies were the results of collaboration by more than five authors. This level of collaboration between scientists or their institutes is indeed the trend of modern research activity. Most translational medical research was done by the collaboration of several scientists. It can be seen from Figure 10. That the one to three scientists’ teams increased rapidly after 2005, while five-person or four-person teams increased quickly, but were not as steady compared to others. Convenient modern communications make these collaborations possible. Single author articles increased from 2000 to 2005 in linear expansion, but didn’t increase as fast as papers published by a few co-authors after 2005. The analysis indicates that collaboration is not only possible but necessary for the translational medical research.


Global informetric perspective studies on translational medical research.

Yao Q, Lyu PH, Ma FC, Yao L, Zhang SJ - BMC Med Inform Decis Mak (2013)

Annual number of authors of WoS papers.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3733606&req=5

Figure 10: Annual number of authors of WoS papers.
Mentions: As shown in Figure 10, most work on the translational medical research was done by one to five researchers, most notably by one scientist, a mainstream trend of all research activity. Some of the translational medical research studies were the results of collaboration by more than five authors. This level of collaboration between scientists or their institutes is indeed the trend of modern research activity. Most translational medical research was done by the collaboration of several scientists. It can be seen from Figure 10. That the one to three scientists’ teams increased rapidly after 2005, while five-person or four-person teams increased quickly, but were not as steady compared to others. Convenient modern communications make these collaborations possible. Single author articles increased from 2000 to 2005 in linear expansion, but didn’t increase as fast as papers published by a few co-authors after 2005. The analysis indicates that collaboration is not only possible but necessary for the translational medical research.

Bottom Line: G7 countries are the leading nations for translational medical research.Some developing countries, such as P.R China, also play an important role in the communication of translational research.The USA and its institutions play a dominant role in the production, collaboration, citations and high quality articles.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, People's Republic of China.

ABSTRACT

Background: Translational medical research literature has increased rapidly in the last few decades and played a more and more important role during the development of medicine science. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the global performance of translational medical research during the past few decades.

Methods: Bibliometric, social network analysis, and visualization technologies were used for analyzing translational medical research performance from the aspects of subject categories, journals, countries, institutes, keywords, and MeSH terms. Meanwhile, the co-author, co-words and cluster analysis methods were also used to trace popular topics in translational medical research related work.

Results: Research output suggested a solid development in translational medical research, in terms of increasing scientific production and research collaboration. We identified the core journals, mainstream subject categories, leading countries, and institutions in translational medical research. There was an uneven distribution of publications at authorial, institutional, and national levels. The most commonly used keywords that appeared in the articles were "translational research", "translational medicine", "biomarkers", "stroke", "inflammation", "cancer", and "breast cancer".

Conclusions: The subject categories of "Research & Experimental Medicine", "Medical Laboratory Technology", and "General & Internal Medicine" play a key role in translational medical research both in production and in its networks. Translational medical research and CTS, etc. are core journals of translational research. G7 countries are the leading nations for translational medical research. Some developing countries, such as P.R China, also play an important role in the communication of translational research. The USA and its institutions play a dominant role in the production, collaboration, citations and high quality articles. The research trends in translational medical research involve drug design and development, pathogenesis and treatment of disease, disease model research, evidence-based research, and stem and progenitor cells.

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Related in: MedlinePlus