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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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Multidimensional scaling (MDS) for collaboration profile for Arab countries using Euclidean distance model
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Fig2: Multidimensional scaling (MDS) for collaboration profile for Arab countries using Euclidean distance model

Mentions: In addition, the study identified 262 (44.3 %) documents with 39 countries in Arab-foreign country collaborations. Arab authors actively worked in partnership from France (n = 48), followed by Germany (n = 34), Malaysia (n = 30), and the United States of America (USA); (n = 25); (Table 4). By region, Arab authors actively worked in partnership from countries in Europe (24.2 %), particularly France and Germany, followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %), particularly India and Pakistan (Table 4). Figure 2 illustrates the multidimensional scaling map of the collaborations correlation matrix of 59 countries over the study period. Mapping the data along two dimensions allows us to visualize the correspondence between documents in terms of their relative distances based on the collaborations profiles with certain country. The more closely the two countries were represented on the map, the more frequently they were collaborated jointly by the 262 collaborated documents. Collaboration map with statistically obtained values for configuration were derived along two dimensions. S-stress is a measure of fit ranging from 0 (perfect fit) to 1 (worst possible fit). Stress measure for the results of the current study was 0.3 (good fit) while the squared correlation (RSQ) was 0.91 meaning that 91 % of variance in the model could be explained by the two dimensions [25, 26]. In this case, we have a good fit model representing a poor approximation of the Arab-foreign country collaboration. Morocco and KSA were strong on dimension 1 while Egypt appeared high on dimension 2. Referring to stimulus coordinates (i.e. Common Space), we observe that values range from −0.82 to 0.94 for dimension 1 and from −0.87 to 0.88 for dimension 2.Table 4


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)

Multidimensional scaling (MDS) for collaboration profile for Arab countries using Euclidean distance model
© Copyright Policy - OpenAccess
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4559877&req=5

Fig2: Multidimensional scaling (MDS) for collaboration profile for Arab countries using Euclidean distance model
Mentions: In addition, the study identified 262 (44.3 %) documents with 39 countries in Arab-foreign country collaborations. Arab authors actively worked in partnership from France (n = 48), followed by Germany (n = 34), Malaysia (n = 30), and the United States of America (USA); (n = 25); (Table 4). By region, Arab authors actively worked in partnership from countries in Europe (24.2 %), particularly France and Germany, followed by countries in the Asia-Pacific region (9.8 %), particularly India and Pakistan (Table 4). Figure 2 illustrates the multidimensional scaling map of the collaborations correlation matrix of 59 countries over the study period. Mapping the data along two dimensions allows us to visualize the correspondence between documents in terms of their relative distances based on the collaborations profiles with certain country. The more closely the two countries were represented on the map, the more frequently they were collaborated jointly by the 262 collaborated documents. Collaboration map with statistically obtained values for configuration were derived along two dimensions. S-stress is a measure of fit ranging from 0 (perfect fit) to 1 (worst possible fit). Stress measure for the results of the current study was 0.3 (good fit) while the squared correlation (RSQ) was 0.91 meaning that 91 % of variance in the model could be explained by the two dimensions [25, 26]. In this case, we have a good fit model representing a poor approximation of the Arab-foreign country collaboration. Morocco and KSA were strong on dimension 1 while Egypt appeared high on dimension 2. Referring to stimulus coordinates (i.e. Common Space), we observe that values range from −0.82 to 0.94 for dimension 1 and from −0.87 to 0.88 for dimension 2.Table 4

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.