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The evolution of the sleep science literature over 30 years: A bibliometric analysis

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During the 1974–2004 period, the sleep literature had quadrupled (2384 publications in 1974, and 9721 in 2004) while overall scientific productivity had only doubled. The set of the seven most productive countries (USA, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Italy) in sleep research, and the geographical region distribution remained stable over the three decades. On the other hand several indicators appeared in the sleep research literature during the 1990s: the increasing productivity of sleep researchers; the growing number of countries publishing on sleep; the continuous creation of sleep-focused journals; the scattering of sleep publication among increasingly more scientific journals; the turnover among the leading journals; and the emergence of new entities such as China, Turkey, and the European Union.

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Robert, C., Wilson, C.S., Gaudy, JF. et al. The evolution of the sleep science literature over 30 years: A bibliometric analysis. Scientometrics 73, 231–256 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-007-1780-2

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