A scientometric analysis of reproductive medicine
- 702 Downloads
Here, we carried out a scientometric analysis of the scientific literature published in the field of reproductive medicine (RM), an important and rapidly evolving branch of Medicine. To this aim, we analysed the research papers published in the period 1996–2011 in RM and we assessed the bibliometric parameters (number of citable documents, cites per document and H-index) and the extent of international collaboration among different geographical Regions and Countries. Further, we studied the link of RM with other disciplines in a Journals co-citation study, then the keyword citation bursts were assessed. Ultimately, the social behaviour of Authors involved in RM was analysed in a social network study. As a result, we found that still it exists marked differences in term of quantity and quality of production in RM among the different Regions and Countries, likely due to the different economic effort to sustain research. The most productive ones, Western Europe and Northern America and USA and UK, respectively, display a slow decrease in production, while Asia (and China) are amazingly growing. Unfortunately, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa are still very backward. In addition, RM is directly connected with basics disciplines but not with other medical specialities and the most cited keywords suggest the shift from basic to more applied research. Finally, the Authors involved in RM originate a small world community, in which it is possible to identify the brokers of information flow. In conclusion, this analysis could contribute to the knowledge of scientific production related to RM field.
KeywordsMedicine Reproductive medicine Scientometrics Bibliometric indexes Social networks
Mathematics subject classification92B05
Supplementary material 1 (MP4 50345 kb)
- Alenzi, F. Q., Lotfy, M., Nasif, W., El-Shahat, M., Abusini, H., & Alenazi, M. (2010). Biomedical research in the Middle Eastern countries: Update and insight using SCImago Journal Rank indicator. Journal of Ayub Medical College Abbottabad, 22(3), 100–105.Google Scholar
- Bernabò, N., Greco, L., Ordinelli, A., Mattioli, M., & Barboni, B. (2015). Capacitation-related lipid remodeling of mammalian spermatozoa membrane determines the final fate of male gametes: A computational biology study. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 19(11), 712–721.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Busardò, F. P., Gulino, M., Napoletano, S., Zaami, S., & Frati, P. (2014). The evolution of legislation in the field of medically assisted reproduction and embryo stem cell research in European Union Members. BioMedical Research International, 2014, 307160.Google Scholar
- Chen C. (2014). The CiteSpace Manual. http://cluster.ischool.drexel.edu/cchen/citespace/CiteSpaceManual.pdf. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- Horizon 2020. (2015). http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- OECD, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013, OECD Publishing. http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/9213051e.pdf?expires=1437648618&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=5AC6E7E4E9D1666CBB9FE09EA5E6C888. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- Pendlebury, D. A. (2008). WHITE PAPER using bibliometrics in evaluating research. Philadelphia, PA: Research Department, Thomson Reuters.Google Scholar
- Sci2 Team, Science of Science (Sci2) Tool, Indiana University and SciTech Strategies. (2009). https://sci2.cns.iu.edu. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- SCImago, SJR—SCImago Journal & Country Rank. Retrieved 23 Feb 2015. http://www.SCImagojr.com. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- Sippel, L., Kiziak, T., Woellert, F., Klingholz, R. (2011). Africa’s demographic challenges Published by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development.Google Scholar
- Web Of Science. https://apps.webofknowledge.com/UA_GeneralSearch_input.do?product=UA&search_mode=GeneralSearch&SID=Y1D48dLWfbrB1mGOp1e&preferencesSaved. Accessed 21 Jan 2015.
- Yang, H., & Pan, B. (2006). Citation classics in fertility and sterility. Fertility and Sterility, 86, 795–797.Google Scholar