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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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Figure 6: Citations of WoS papers for top 10 countries.

Mentions: The top countries’ paper citations are noted in Figure 6. It shows information about the total citation and citation frequencies of the research papers from the top countries in the global fields of translational medical research. It can be seen that the total citation count of the USA is highest, followed by UK, Germany, Canada and Italy in turn. The average citation frequency, sorted in descending order, is Canada, Italy and the USA. The USA and UK are on the front ranks except for average citation frequency, showing their superiority in translational medical research. Canada ranks fourth in issued number of papers and first in article citation frequency, which indicates the high average quality of the papers. Japan and China rank sixth and ninth respectively in issued volumes with lower article citation frequencies, which may indicate that there is a considerable problem with the quality of Japanese and Chinese papers issued.


Global informetric perspective studies on translational medical research.

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

Citations of WoS papers for top 10 countries.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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

Figure 6: Citations of WoS papers for top 10 countries.
Mentions: The top countries’ paper citations are noted in Figure 6. It shows information about the total citation and citation frequencies of the research papers from the top countries in the global fields of translational medical research. It can be seen that the total citation count of the USA is highest, followed by UK, Germany, Canada and Italy in turn. The average citation frequency, sorted in descending order, is Canada, Italy and the USA. The USA and UK are on the front ranks except for average citation frequency, showing their superiority in translational medical research. Canada ranks fourth in issued number of papers and first in article citation frequency, which indicates the high average quality of the papers. Japan and China rank sixth and ninth respectively in issued volumes with lower article citation frequencies, which may indicate that there is a considerable problem with the quality of Japanese and Chinese papers issued.

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