, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 617–626 | Cite as

Bibliometric analysis of complementary and alternative medicine research over three decades

  • Jun-Ying Fu
  • Xu Zhang
  • Yun-Hua Zhao
  • Mu-Hsuan Huang
  • Dar-Zen Chen


This study applies bibliometric analysis to investigate the quantity and citation impact of scientific papers in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The data are collected from 19 CAM journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E) database during 1980–2009, and 17,002 papers are identified for analysis. The study analyzes the document types, geographical and institutional distribution of the authorship, including international scientific collaboration. This study suggests that the major type of document is original article. The CAM papers are mostly published by North America, East Asia, and European countries, of which publications authored in East Asia are cited most. Country-wise, major contributors of CAM papers are from USA, People’s Republic of China, India, England and Germany. India has the highest CPP value, attracting high attentions in CAM community. This article also finds that international co-authorship in the CAM field has increased rapidly during this period. In addition, internationally collaborated publications generate higher citation impact than papers published by authors from single country. Finally, the research identifies productive institutions in CAM, and China Medical University located in Taiwan is the most productive organization.


Complementary medicine Alternative medicine CAM Bibliometric analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun-Ying Fu
    • 1
  • Xu Zhang
    • 1
  • Yun-Hua Zhao
    • 1
  • Mu-Hsuan Huang
    • 2
  • Dar-Zen Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Center for Strategic Science and Technology IssuesInstitute of Scientific and Technical Information of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Library and Information ScienceNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Industrial EngineeringNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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