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Scientific publications from Arab world in leading journals of Integrative and Complementary Medicine: a bibliometric analysis.

Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW, Sweileh WM - BMC Complement Altern Med (2015)

Bottom Line: Arab authors collaborated most with countries in Europe (24.2 %), followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %).Most of publications from Arab world in ICM filed were driven by societal use of medicinal plants and herbs.Search for new therapies from available low cost medicinal plants in Arab world has motivated many researchers in academia and pharmaceutical industry.

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Affiliation: Poison Control and Drug Information Center (PCDIC), College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. saedzyoud@yahoo.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Bibliometric analysis is increasingly employed as a useful tool to assess the quantity and quality of research performance. The specific goal of the current study was to evaluate the performance of research output originating from Arab world and published in international Integrative and Complementary Medicine (ICM) journals.

Methods: Original scientific publications and reviews from the 22 Arab countries that were published in 22 international peer-reviewed ICM journals during all previous years up to December 31(st) 2013, were screened using the Web of Science databases.

Results: Five hundred and ninety-one documents were retrieved from 19 ICM journals. The h-index of the set of papers under study was 47. The highest h-index was 27 for Morocco, 21 for Jordan, followed by 19 for each Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and Egypt, and the lowest h-index was 1 for each of Comoros, Qatar, and Syrian Arab Republic. No data related to ICM were published from Djibouti, and Mauritania. After adjusting for economy and population power, Somalia (89), Morocco (32.5), Egypt (31.1), Yemen (21.4), and Palestine (21.2) had the highest research productivity. The total number of citations was 9,466, with an average citation of 16 per document. The study identified 262 (44.3 %) documents with 39 countries in Arab-foreign country collaborations. Arab authors collaborated most with countries in Europe (24.2 %), followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %).

Conclusion: Scientific research output in the ICM field in the Arab world region is increasing. Most of publications from Arab world in ICM filed were driven by societal use of medicinal plants and herbs. Search for new therapies from available low cost medicinal plants in Arab world has motivated many researchers in academia and pharmaceutical industry. Further investigation is required to support these findings in a wider journal as well as to improve research output in the field of ICM from Arab world region by investing in more national and international collaborative research project.

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Diagrammatic representation of global research productivity profiles in leading journals of integrative and complementary medicine
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Fig1: Diagrammatic representation of global research productivity profiles in leading journals of integrative and complementary medicine

Mentions: The total number of documents related to ICM obtained by using the key words “Integrative & Complementary Medicine” in SCI search engine as Web of Science Category without specifying the name of any country and by using the same inclusion criteria was 28,199 documents (Fig. 1). This number of publications represents the total global research output in ICM field. By using the same methodology, only 591 (2.1 % from the total global research output in ICM) documents were from the 22 countries retrieved; comprising 569 (96.3 %) original journal articles, and 22 (3.7 %) review articles (Fig. 1). The annual number of documents published in the period of publication (1980–2013) indicated that research activity from Arab world was low in the earliest two decades but demonstrated a noticeable increase in the last decade (Table 1). Furthermore, Arab research output during the recent decade was low in the first years but demonstrated a noticeable increase after 2011. Around 34.2 % of publications were published during 2011–2013; however, the total number of scientific research output in 2013 may be a little bit rising because it may still open for new journals issues. The first article published from Arab World was in Egypt, and it was published by Sayed MD in Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1980 [28].Fig. 1


Scientific publications from Arab world in leading journals of Integrative and Complementary Medicine: a bibliometric analysis.

Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW, Sweileh WM - BMC Complement Altern Med (2015)

Diagrammatic representation of global research productivity profiles in leading journals of integrative and complementary medicine
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Fig1: Diagrammatic representation of global research productivity profiles in leading journals of integrative and complementary medicine
Mentions: The total number of documents related to ICM obtained by using the key words “Integrative & Complementary Medicine” in SCI search engine as Web of Science Category without specifying the name of any country and by using the same inclusion criteria was 28,199 documents (Fig. 1). This number of publications represents the total global research output in ICM field. By using the same methodology, only 591 (2.1 % from the total global research output in ICM) documents were from the 22 countries retrieved; comprising 569 (96.3 %) original journal articles, and 22 (3.7 %) review articles (Fig. 1). The annual number of documents published in the period of publication (1980–2013) indicated that research activity from Arab world was low in the earliest two decades but demonstrated a noticeable increase in the last decade (Table 1). Furthermore, Arab research output during the recent decade was low in the first years but demonstrated a noticeable increase after 2011. Around 34.2 % of publications were published during 2011–2013; however, the total number of scientific research output in 2013 may be a little bit rising because it may still open for new journals issues. The first article published from Arab World was in Egypt, and it was published by Sayed MD in Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1980 [28].Fig. 1

Bottom Line: Arab authors collaborated most with countries in Europe (24.2 %), followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %).Most of publications from Arab world in ICM filed were driven by societal use of medicinal plants and herbs.Search for new therapies from available low cost medicinal plants in Arab world has motivated many researchers in academia and pharmaceutical industry.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Poison Control and Drug Information Center (PCDIC), College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. saedzyoud@yahoo.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Bibliometric analysis is increasingly employed as a useful tool to assess the quantity and quality of research performance. The specific goal of the current study was to evaluate the performance of research output originating from Arab world and published in international Integrative and Complementary Medicine (ICM) journals.

Methods: Original scientific publications and reviews from the 22 Arab countries that were published in 22 international peer-reviewed ICM journals during all previous years up to December 31(st) 2013, were screened using the Web of Science databases.

Results: Five hundred and ninety-one documents were retrieved from 19 ICM journals. The h-index of the set of papers under study was 47. The highest h-index was 27 for Morocco, 21 for Jordan, followed by 19 for each Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and Egypt, and the lowest h-index was 1 for each of Comoros, Qatar, and Syrian Arab Republic. No data related to ICM were published from Djibouti, and Mauritania. After adjusting for economy and population power, Somalia (89), Morocco (32.5), Egypt (31.1), Yemen (21.4), and Palestine (21.2) had the highest research productivity. The total number of citations was 9,466, with an average citation of 16 per document. The study identified 262 (44.3 %) documents with 39 countries in Arab-foreign country collaborations. Arab authors collaborated most with countries in Europe (24.2 %), followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %).

Conclusion: Scientific research output in the ICM field in the Arab world region is increasing. Most of publications from Arab world in ICM filed were driven by societal use of medicinal plants and herbs. Search for new therapies from available low cost medicinal plants in Arab world has motivated many researchers in academia and pharmaceutical industry. Further investigation is required to support these findings in a wider journal as well as to improve research output in the field of ICM from Arab world region by investing in more national and international collaborative research project.

No MeSH data available.