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Mapping of Research Activity, Dominance and Collaboration Pattern in Pneumonia (2001-2015): Snapshot and Gaps

44 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2019

See all articles by José M. Ramos-Rincón

José M. Ramos-Rincón

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Internal Medicine

Héctor Pinargote-Celorio

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Internal Medicine

Isabel Belinchón-Romero

Miguel Hernandez University

Gregorio González-Alcaide

University of Valencia

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Abstract

Background: This article describes a bibliometric review of the scientific production, geographical distribution, collaboration, impact, and subject area focus of pneumonia research indexed on the Web of Science over a 15-year period.

Methods: We searched the Web of Science database using the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) of "Pneumonia" from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2015. The only document types we studied were original articles and reviews, analyzing descriptive indicators by five-year periods and the scientific production by country, adjusting for population, economic, and research-related parameters.

Results: A total of 22,694 references were retrieved. The number of publications increased steadily over time, from 981 publications in 2001 to 1977 in 2015 (R2 = 0.956). The most productive country was the USA (38.49%), followed by the UK (7.18%) and Japan (5.46%). Research production from China increased by more than 1000%. By geographical area, North America (42.08%) and Europe (40.79%) were most dominant. Scientific production in low- and middle-income countries more than tripled, although their overall contribution to the field remained limited (< 15%). Overall, 18.8% of papers were the result of an international collaboration, although this proportion was much higher in sub-Saharan Africa (46.08%) and South Asia (23.43%). According to the specific MeSH terms used, articles focused mainly on "Pneumonia, Bacterial" (19.99%), followed by "Pneumonia, Pneumococcal" (7.02%) and "Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated" (6.79%).

Conclusions: Pneumonia research increased steadily over the 15-year study period, with Europe and North America leading scientific production. About a fifth of all papers reflected international collaborations, and these were most evident in papers from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Funding Statement: The authors state: "No."

Declaration of Interests: All of the authors have nothing to disclose

Ethics Approval Statement: Due to the nature of the study and dataset, it was not necessary to obtain informed consent or approval from an institutional ethics committee.

Keywords: Pneumonia; Bibliometrics; Scientometrics; Scientific production; Mapping; Publications

Suggested Citation

Ramos-Rincón, José M. and Pinargote-Celorio, Héctor and Belinchón-Romero, Isabel and González-Alcaide, Gregorio, Mapping of Research Activity, Dominance and Collaboration Pattern in Pneumonia (2001-2015): Snapshot and Gaps (December 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3315805

José M. Ramos-Rincón (Contact Author)

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Internal Medicine ( email )

Pintor Baeza, 11
03010 Alicante
Spain

Héctor Pinargote-Celorio

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Internal Medicine

Pintor Baeza, 11
03010 Alicante
Spain

Isabel Belinchón-Romero

Miguel Hernandez University

Elche Campus, La Galia Building
Avda. del Ferrocarril, s/n
Elche, 03202
Spain

Gregorio González-Alcaide

University of Valencia

Avda. de los Naranjos s/n
Valencia, Valencia E-46022
Spain

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